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  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461014158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461014157
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. J. garrett on January 6, 2013
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The poetry of Alexander Blok is relatively rarely translated into English; even rarer is a good, fluent translation. This may not be the best translation of Blok - rare as they are I don't know them all - however, any English translation of this subtle and influential poet is worthy of five stars. Blok, born in Russia in 1880, was a significant influence on the next generation of Russian and, later, Soviet poets, from the more famous (i.e. Akhmatova, Pasternak), the intense (Marina Tsvetaeva), and the comic sublime - Osip Mandelstam, probably the finest 20th Century writer of verse in Russian. The translations are by Andrey Kneller, and the Russian texts are on facing pages. Here, the final quatrain of the titular poem:
A treasure's buried deep inside/My soul, and now, the key is mine!/Hey, drunken creatures, you were right!/I know: the truth is in the wine.
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In the late 19th century, “symbolism” became a major influence upon the arts. It started with Charles Baudelaire, who was strongly influenced by the writings of Edgar Allen Poe. Symbolists believed that art was all about absolute truth, which could only be expressed indirectly. And so they focused on metaphors and other symbols.

Symbolism affected fiction, poetry, painting, and music; some of the artists and writers embracing it or influenced by it were Richard Wagner, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Edvard Munch, Henrik Ibsen, Frederic Nietzsche, Paul Verlaine, and Oscar Wilde, among many others.

The Symbolists in turn influenced the next generation, including T.S. Eliot, Claude Debussy,
William Butler Yeats, Alexander Pushkin, and Boris Pasternak. In Russia, Symbolism found its primary expression in poetry, and especially in the poetry of Alexander Blok (1880-1921).

Blok was born in St. Petersburg. His father was a law professor; his mother a writer. The marriage didn’t last; Blok was raised by relatives near Moscow. His first collection of poetry, entitled “Verses About the Lady Beautiful,” was published in 1904 (and were poem written about his wife, the daughter of the chemist Dmitri Mendeleev). Other collections followed, and Blok came to be considered the finest Russian poet of the so-called Silver Age. Russian poets who paid tribute to Blok as major influences on their own poetry include Boris Pasternak, Marina Tsvetaeva, Anna Akhmatova, and Vladimir Nabokov.

Translator and poet Andrey Kneller has assembled 34 of Blok’s poems into a collection entitled “The Stranger: Selected Poetry of Alexander Blok,” and it is a solid introduction to Blok’s poetry.
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By M. Wright on August 2, 2014
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An excellent modern collection of Blok's most definitive, if not beautifully ambiguous works. Andrey Kneller's translations are wondrous and capture much of what is usually lost in other translations of Russian poetry. His other translations of Akmanatova, Mayakovsky, Pasternak and Tsvetayeva and also highly recommended for both the novice and experienced lover of both older and modern Russian poetry. Merkosh.
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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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