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Guests of Eternity free pdf Larissa Miller is one of Russia's most highly-regarded writers - novelist, essayist and poet - and this selection from her collection "Between the Cloud and the Pit" (1999) spans her poetic output from the 1960s to the millennium. "Guests of Eternity" is a presentation, in chronological order, of poems written (but not published) in the three decades preceding glasnost' as well as the final decade of the twentieth century. Here are political poems from the '70s and '80s which speak openly about the horrors of the Soviet system, others which comment directly on purges and torture, and yet more which convey the struggle to grow and mature with one's soul intact in a world of suffering.Yet throughout this book, as Sasha Dugdale points out in her introduction, there are moments of hope, of a spiritual - even religious - dimension that afford glimpses of a transcendent world and bring peace of mind to the beleaguered soul. Larissa Miller is a consummate technician, combining simple words with complicated and intricate rhythms to produce apparently effortless poetry which succeeds in elevating the ordinary and commonplace to a higher plane. Described by her translator Richard McKane as 'a poet of all seasons, not only of the natural world, but of the soul', Larissa Miller writes with an intensity and a lyricism that is compelling, mesmerising and unforgettable.

About Larissa Miller

LARISSA MILLER is a major Russian lyrical poet and author of many short stories, essays and articles in periodicals, and of fourteen books, one in English translation ('Dim and Distant Days', Glas, 2000). A member of the Union of Russian Writers since 1979, and of the Russian Pen-Centre since 1992, she was short-listed in 1999 for the State Prize of the Russian Federation, having been nominated for the prize by the famous literary almanac Novyi Mir. Many poems by Larissa Miller have been set to music, in Russia by Michael Prikhod'ko (who has released three discs of songs to Miller's words), and in the UK by Helen Chadwick. In 2003, 49 of Larissa Miller's poems were put together as a theatrical 'Poetical Performance' which played at various Moscow theatres. Born in 1940 Larissa Miller graduated from the Foreign Languages Institute in Moscow and for many years worked as a teacher of English, but since 1980 she has been teaching a women's musical gymnastics system named after its creator, the renowned Russian dancer Lyudmila Alexeeva. RICHARD McKANE was born in 1947 and read Russian at Oxford, his 'Selected Poems of Anna Akhmatova' (Penguin / OUP) appearing in 1969. He lived in Turkey for six years in the 1970s, working on an archaeological dig in Kandahar, Afghanistan for some of this time. In 1978 he was awarded the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University where he met his former wife Elizabeth, with whom he later he brought out Mandelstam's 'Moscow and Voronezh Notebooks'. For over eighteen years, he worked as an interpreter from, and into, Turkish and Russian at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture. As a translator, Richard McKane, working with Ruth Christie, has brought out two selections of Oktay Rifat's work, 'Voices of Memory' and 'Poems' and, with Talat Halman, 'Beyond the Walls: Poems of Nazum Hikmet'- he has also translated the work of Nikolai Gumilyov, Olga Sedakova and Aronzon. As a poet, he has had two bilingual books published in Turkey, 'Turkey Poems' and 'Coffee House Poems', and a selection, 'Amphora for Matphors' in New York. Richard McKane has retired from interpreting, and now lives in the provinces, concentrating on his translation and poetry.SASHA DUGDALE has published two poetry collections, 'Notebook' (Carcanet / Oxford Poets, 2003) and 'The Estate' (Carcanet / Oxford Poets, 2007). She translates Russian plays for several theatres in the UK and the USA, her translations including 'Plasticine' by Vassilii Sigarev (winner of the Evening Standard New Play of the Year Award), 'Terrorism' and 'Playing the Victim' by the Presnyakov Brothers and Chekhov's 'The Cherry Orchard' (produced by BBC Radio in Autumn 2008). Her translations of Russian poetry are published by Bloodaxe. The most recent, a collection of poetry by Elena Shvarts entitled 'Birdsong on the Seabed' (2008), was a PBS Recommended Translation.

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Author : Larissa Miller
Publisher : Arc Publications
Data Published : 01 October 2008
ISBN : 1904614884
EAN : 9781904614883
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 138 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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