The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry

The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry

An enchanting collection of the very best of Russian poetry, edited by acclaimed translator Robert Chandler together with poets Boris Dralyuk and Irina Mashinski

In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, poetry's pre-eminence in Russia was unchallenged, with Pushkin and his contemporaries ushering in the 'Golden Age' of Russian literature. Prose briefly gained the high ground in the second half of the nineteenth century, but poetry again became dominant in the 'Silver Age' (the early twentieth century), when belief in reason and progress yielded once more to a more magical view of the world. During the Soviet era, poetry became a dangerous, subversive activity; nevertheless, poets such as Osip Mandelstam and Anna Akhmatova continued to defy the censors. This anthology traces Russian poetry from its Golden Age to the modern era, including work by several great poets - Georgy Ivanov and Varlam Shalamov among them - in captivating modern translations by Robert Chandler and others. The volume also includes a general introduction, chronology and individual introductions to each poet.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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    The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry Reviews

  • Barry Pierce

    In this expansive anthology, Robert Chandler summarises the past three-hundred years of Russian poetry into a surprisingly tight 528 pages. Beginning with Gavrila Derzhavin and ending with Marina Boro...

  • Edward

    ChronologyIntroduction The Eighteenth Century Gavrila Derzhavin (1743-1816)--God--To Rulers and Judges--On the Death of Prince Meshchersky--The Waterfall (extract)--Monument--To Eugene: Life at Zvanka...

  • Janet

    A marvelous introduction to Russian poetry for the English-speaker, it won the English PEN award for translation, taking us from the 18th through the 20th Centuries, and most heavily treats the 20th. ...

  • Eadweard

    I liked the post-WWII ones the most, I hadn't read any of them before. And of course, the famous Silver Age ones. 1THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURYGavrila Derzhavin (1743–1816)Ivan Krylov (1769–1844)2AROUND...

  • Caity

    I absolutely loved this collection. I have no idea why there aren't as many reviews for it. The structure of this was brilliant, it was so amazing to have a short biography of the poet to make you awa...

  • Florencia

    On the abyss’s edge we slide and soon will plunge head first; our life is given us with our death – and we, when we are born, begin to die. Without an ounce of pity, death strikes all things, brin...

  • Peter Croft

    Fairly exhaustive. Lots of poets here that you're not going to find in English translation anywhere else. The bios of each poet are quite detailed, though at times it seems at the expense of the numbe...

  • Maia

    well worth getting, very different from the previous Penguin Russian poetry (also essential), verse translations not prose transliterations and a different taste in authors. One of the few books i bou...

  • Faez

    To get a taste of this fascinating collection, here is an extract from a poem by Maximilian Voloshin:From "Civil War":And from the ranks of both armies-the same voice, the same refrain:"He who is not ...

  • sassafrass

    I wanted to start off this review pretentious, with a snippet of a poem I enjoyed, but the trouble is there were in the end too many for me to narrow it down. This is a remarkable collection, and prov...