Poems and Elegies by Olga Sedakova

Olga Sedakova

Compiled & Translated by Slava I. Yastremski

117 pages
ISBN 0-8387-5558-5
LC 2003006192
The Bucknell Series in Contemporary Poetry

An intensely philosophical and religious poet, Olga Sedakova writes of nature, music, and the inner, spiritual life. As one of the preservers of traditional Russian culture, she stands in stark contrast to the rampant commercialization in contemporary Russian life, instead tracing her poetic roots back to the early avant-garde movements of pre-revolutionary Russia. For that stance, she endured years of censorship and silencing during the Soviet regime, her poems distributed by hand in mimeographed copies or by word of mouth. This volume introduces to an English-speaking audience an extensive selection of poems by one of Russia's most distinguished lyric poets writing today.

The Compiler and Translator: Slava I. Yastremski is an Associate Professor of Russian at Bucknell University, and the author of numerous articles on Russian poetry of the twentieth century. He has translated four previous books.

About the author:

Olga A. Sedakova is a world renowned poet and essayist, an author of twenty-nine books of poetry, prose, translations, and criticism. Her works have been translated into many languages, including Hebrew, Danish, and Albanian. Sedakova holds a PhD in Russian Folklore and was awarded a Doctor of Theology honoris causa by the Department of Theology of the Minsk European Humanities University. In 2005 she became Chevalier d'Honneur d'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République Française, and she was also awarded seven other Russian and international prizes, including The Christian Roots of Europe award by the Vatican (1998) and the Alexander Solzhenitsyn Prize for poetry and essays (2003).


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