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Sergey Stratanovsky

Books by this author: Muddy River
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  • Sergey  Stratanovsky was born in 1944 in Leningrad and educated in the department of Russian philology at Leningrad University. He began to write poetry in 1968, around the time of the Prague Spring and his graduation, though his early work subsisted in a culture of Soviet Union censorship. During this period Stratanovsky was part of Russia’s underground literary culture, and he co-edited the samizdat magazines Dialog and Obvodny Kanal (Bypass Canal ). With the relaxation of censorship following the Perestroika reforms in the 1980s Stratanovsky’s work gained a wider public readership. Since 1993 he has authored twelve collections of poems, and his work has been translated into Bulgarian, Chechen, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Italian, German, Lithuanian, Polish, and Swedish. In 2000 he was awarded the inaugural Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fellowship.
    Praise for Sergey Stratanovsky '€˜It is very difficult in a few words to point to an unprecedented quality in Stratanovsky’s work. It seems to me that his particularity is not even in how it is expressed, but from where it is articulated, there where sound has its source. From somewhere terribly deep: in a time of faith and magic, where and when element and consciousness are not divided and continue to constitute a meaningful whole.'
    Mikhail Aizenberg
     'He does not paint in half-tones. The clash of clear, bright colors and sharp lines - this is his poetry.'
    Nikita Eliseev, Russian literary critic
    'This important collection by a meditative poet who is in, but not of, the world he has chronicled for almost half a century.'
    Boris Dralyuk, TLS
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