These ten poems take us to the heart of human experience with all the passion of the Russian spirit.
We find poems of love and poems celebrating the beauty of birch-wood and steppe, alongside poems that touch on the anguish of being a poet in times of political upheaval.
Elsewhere, a sense of heady pageantry characterises a mother’s hopes for her daughter setting out into the world:
“Drink wine, ride troikas, sing loud in the bar-room,
be a blue-eyed gypsy, be a temptress.”
from ‘To Alya’ by Marina Tsvetaeva
The selection is a first co-publication with Pushkin Press and offers a thrilling snapshot of a vast and unique literary landscape.
Poems by Anna Akhmatova, Nikolay Gumilyov, Georgy Ivanov, Yuri Kazarnovsky, Mikhail Lermontov, Osip Mandelstam, Julia Nemirovskaya, Boris Pasternak, Alexander Pushkin and Marina Tsvetaeva.