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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438234732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438234731
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 7.9 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrey Kneller is a Russian-born poet/translator. Andrey was 10 years old when his family immigrated from Moscow, Russia to New York in 1993. He grew reading and speaking Russian fluently. At fourteen, he started writing his own poetry and not long after that, he started translating his favorite Russian poets into English. Understanding that Russian poets have been represented rather poorly in the west, the goal of translation for him has always been to keep as much of the original as possible, preserving meaning without losing rhyme and music. At the present, he has published 9 books of translations, including the works of Anna Akhmatova, Marina Tsvetaeva, and Vladimir Mayakovsky, among others, and Discernible Sound, a book of his own poetry. Andrey currently lives with his wife and daughter in Ashland, MA and works as a high school math teacher in Boston.

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Andrey Kneller is a Russian-born poet/translator. Andrey was 10 years old when his family immigrated from Moscow, Russia to New York in 1993. He grew up reading and speaking Russian fluently. At fourteen, he started writing his own poetry and not long after that, he started translating his favorite Russian poets into English. Understanding that Russian poets have been represented rather poorly in the west, the goal of translation for him has always been to keep as much of the original as possible, preserving meaning without losing rhyme and music. At the present, he has published 9 books of translations, including the works of Anna Akhmatova, Marina Tsvetaeva, and Vladimir Mayakovsky, among others, and Discernible Sound, a book of his own poetry. Andrey currently lives with his wife and daughter in Ashland, MA and works as a high school math teacher in Boston.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By doc peterson VINE VOICE on March 7, 2010
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Andrey Kneller, the translator of this collection first came to my attention through his work translating Marina Tsvetaeva My Poems: Selected Poetry Of Marina Tsvetaeva (English and Russian Edition) which I thought was excellent. This, therefore led me to his translations of Akhmatova, of whom I am a tremendous admirer and fan. As anticipated Kneller's translations are outstanding. Naturally some latitude is given the translator (particularly with poetry) - one of the reasons why I purchased this collection (and the Tsvetaeva as well) is because they are dual language, an added bonus. Even expecting (and forgiving) the editorial decisons made, Kneller has truly created masterpieces of his own from Akhmatova's work. For example, "In the evening":

With sadness words cannot describe,
OUt in the garden, music played.
The frozen oysters on the plate
Smelled pungently of sea and brine.

He gently touched my evening dress
And said, "I am a loyal friend!"
And yet, the contact of his hand
Felt nothing like a true caress.

Thus one might pet a cat, a bird,
Or watch a slender circus rider ...
Beneath his golden lashes, hiding
Amusement, happiness and mirth.

And as the smoke diffuses idly,
The doleful fiddles sing above it:
"O, thank the Heavens - finally
First time alone with your beloved."

The original Russian doesn't quite fit, but the sense of space, time and duplicity are brilliantly captured by Kneller. I reluctantly rate it five stars, however, for the selection. Akhmatova'w work spans nearly 5 decades, from the early 20th century through the Khrushchev era.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alistair Young on February 1, 2014
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Anna Akhmatova was a great Russian poet. After her initial success in the 1920's she suffered huge privations during the Terror wrought by Stalin and his cohorts. Anna's son was imprisoned and her position became so dangerous that her poetry had to be memorized by her friends before it was ritually burnt. This collection contains some of her earlier love poetry and as far as I can tell the translation is excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Currer Bell on August 9, 2014
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Anna Akhmatova lives in a class of heroine-poets, the beauty of her verse would be just as sweeping had the Russian revolution never happened. In lyric love poetry, she is comparable to Edna St. Vincent Millay - lovely and fearless and raw. Translator Andrey Kneller captures this quality in her poetry while preserving end of line rhyme in his English translation. But because the revolution did in fact happen, we also have Akhmatova the witness poet - a poet still beautiful but very much afraid, yet knows she must be a voice for those who cannot speak. She is passionate and crushed by the Soviet boot, but when asked to depict all this, she does not shrink. These are the great dichotomies of her work and Kneller skillfully juxtaposes them in one accessible volume for both Akhmatova's old friends and those who are just getting to know her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ralbertyesq on May 30, 2014
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Wonderful imagery and emotion. Anna Akhmatova faithfully portrays her times and her personal suffering as well as the suffering of the Russian people under Stalin.
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