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An Anthology of Contemporary Russian Women Poets

Edited by Daniel Weissbort and Valentina Polukhina

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ISBN: 978 1 857547 41 2
Categories: Anthologies, Russian, Translation, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: September 2005
216 x 154 x 15 mm
320 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • A POETRY BOOK SOCIETY RECOMMENDATION

    This anthology, the first of its kind, aims to be comprehensive. Valentina Polukhina surveys the entire scene, reading some 1000 collections and manuscripts, and thoroughly investigating what is accessible on the vibrant Russian literary Internet. The anthology ranges from Moscow to Vladivostok. It includes writers from former Soviet Republics such as the Ukraine. Work by Russian women poets living abroad (in Britain, the United States, Italy, France, Israel, etc) is also represented.

    Focusing on the middle generation, with major figures like Svetlana Kekova, Vera Pavolova and Tatyana Shcherbina, the anthology includes work by the youngest generation, born after 1970 and virtually unknown outside Russia, as well as senior poets like Bella Akhmadulina and Natalya Gorbanevskaya. Consultants have included scholars, critics and editors, like Dmitry Kuzmin, who created the indispensable poetry website for younger poets, Vavilon. Other consultants in Russia include Olga Sedakova (Moscow State University/MGU), Irina Kovaleva (MGU), and Lyudmila Zbuova (St. Petersburg University). Translators include such distinguished English poets as Elaine Feinstein, Ruth Fainlight, Maura Dooley and Carol Rumens, as well as Russianists and scholars in Britain and the United States such as Peter France (Edinburgh), Catriona Kelly (Oxford), Robert Reid (Keele) and Stephanie Sandler (Harvard).

    'Russian poetry is in a healthy state as it leaves the glaciers of Communism for the steamy jungle of western hedonism,' D.M. Thomas declared in Poetry London. The anthology provides a host of insights into post-Soviet reality, from the point of view of women writers who were less compromised by the Soviet system, offering more resistance to the pressures of political conformism.
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     Includes poems by:



    Bella Akhmadulina

    Polina Barskova

    Tatyana Bek

    Natalya Belchenko

    Larisa Berezovchuk

    Marina Boroditskaya

    Ekaterina Boyarskikh

    Zinaida Bykova

    Svetlana Dengina

    Regina Derieva

    Marina Dolia

    Irina Ermakova

    Galina Ermoshina

    Zoya Ezrokhi

    Elena Fanailova

    Nina Gabrielian

    Mariya Galina

    Dina Gatina

    Anna Glazova

    Linor Goralik

    Natalya Gorbanevskaya

    Anna Gorenko

    Nina Gorlanova

    Faina Grimberg

    Elena Ignatova

    Nina Iskrenko

    Olga Ivanova

    Svetlana Ivanova

    Inna Kabysh

    Katia Kapovich

    Svetlana Kekova

    Marina Khagen

    Olga Khvostova

    Mariya Kildibekova

    Nina Kossman

    Elena Kostyleva

    Elena Kostyleva

    Irina Kovaleva

    Ella Drylova

    Marina Kudimova

    Inna Kulishova

    Yuliya Kunina

    Inga Kuznetsova



    and many more.

    Daniel Weissbort
    Daniel Weissbort was born in 1935. He read History at Cambridge and did postgraduate work in the politics of literature during the post-Stalin period. He has translated many modern Russian poets, including Nikolai Zabolotsky and Yunna Morits. He edited Ted Hughes: Selected Translations (2006). He is Emeritus Professor of English and ... read more
    Valentina Polukhina
    Valentina Polukhina is married to Daniel Weissbort. She was born in Siberi and educated at Kemerovo, Tula and Moscow universities. Between 1962 and 1973 she taught at Moscow Lumumba University and from 1973 to 2001 she was Professor at Keele University, England. In addition to her publications on poets such as ... read more
    '...the abundant, unexpected, Rattle-baggy hullabulloo of contemporary Russian women poets...It has been on my bedside table since it arrived, and I marvel at the work [that has gone] into it - it's so full of information and interest, uniquely representative, full of the jostle and bustle of the living scene.'
    Seamus Heaney
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