Voices from Russia

Sunday, 15 April 2018

15 April 2018. N S Gumilyov on Peace and the World


N S Gumilyov isn’t well-known in English… poetry is notoriously hard to translate. Nikolai Stepanovich loved wordplay, and that’s almost impossible to render in another language. In the above quote, he played on the fact that мир means both “peace” and “world” in Russian… you can only trick out the meaning from the context. There’s much of that sort of thing in Gumilyov’s works… it’s why so many Russian-speakers love his poetry and writing.



Tuesday, 18 April 2017

18 April 2017. A Piece of Anna Akhmatova’s “Requiem”


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

7 March 2017. D V Davydov on Great Russia


Click here for a bio of D V Davydov, a soldier-poet of the Patriotic War of 1812 period. Until his death, Denis Vasilyevich retained an amazingly young heart and character. His cheerfulness was contagious and he was an exciting person to be around; in intimate conversation, he embodied cordial friendship.


Saturday, 25 February 2017

25 February 2017. A Thought from A N Radishchev… Russian People are Very Patient



Click here for a bio of A N Radishchev, a novelist and poet of the late 18th-century. I M Born said of Aleksandr Nikolayevich:

He loved truth and virtue. His humanity made him ardently long to illumine all of his brethren with the radiant light of eternity.


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