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By Arkadii Dragomoshchenko, Evgeny Pavlov

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Fiction. Poetry. Translated from the Russian via Evgeny Pavlov. Arkadii Dragomoschenko got here to us first as a samizdat/underground poet, his traces & gestures signaling a gap to new discoveries & freedoms in what were the closed global of the Soviet superstate. That freedom as a poet resided squarely within the middle of his poetry--its language & shape serving because the conduits for recommendations & realities formerly obscured. Now, in chinese language sunlight, he launches a clean attack, this time at the international of prose--a poet's reconfiguration (transformation) of the unconventional & a piece that crosses open borders as a present to all of us.


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"The sum overall is continuously perplexing," writes the narrator of Dragomoshchenko's novel, his first fiction to be translated into English. often called an experimental poet in his local Russia, Dragomoshchenko twists, tweaks and pummels the radical into an unrecognizable, yet no longer unappealing, shape within which stream-of-consciousness ramblings, semi-autobiographical vignettes and meditations on paintings, time, silence and reminiscence supersede any conventional iterations of plot. Like language poetry, this paintings self-reflexively obsesses over problems with writing and phrases whereas espousing artful aphorisms: the narrator wonders, "Do we all know that we know?" in different places, a personality describes God as taking a look "like a pronoun and all letters at once." yet different cunningly brainy dictums turn into murkier upon mirrored image: "there is not any ebook in that book." there's a booklet during this novel, even if, looking forward to sufferer readers to puzzle it out.


Arkadii Dragomoshchenko is a poet, essayist, and translator who was once born in Potsdam, Germany in 1946 and grew up in Vinnitsa, Ukraine. He has lived and labored in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), Russia when you consider that 1969. His writing has earned him a name because the consultant determine of Language poetry in Russia.

Dragomoshchenko's poetry was once first brought to American audiences within the volumes Description and Xenia, translated by means of Lyn Hejinian and released through sunlight & Moon Press within the Nineteen Nineties. He has seeing that authored chinese language solar, released in 2005 through gruesome Duckling Presse, and the prose assortment dirt (Dalkey Archive Press, 2005).

C.D. Wright has stated of his paintings, "This is poetry. conceited. Magisterial. kind of impenetrable. The relation of language is strength yet no longer improvisational.” approximately dirt, Lyn Hejinian wrote, “Full of energy in addition to profundity, and resonating with anything i will be able to purely time period friendship, those meditations/memoirs belong to the nice culture of metaphysical prose, along the works of Nietzsche, Shklovsky, Kierkegaard, and Toufic.”


Ugly Duckling Presse is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit writer dependent in Brooklyn, manhattan, which focuses on poetry, translation, misplaced literature, and books through artists.

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What remains? "Then"? I lay in bed feeling a chill on my face. Until then I hadn't yet encountered such unfairness. It was obvious to what extent I was hurt (or rather, insulted). God had always appeared in the scheme as a perfect algebraic egg, a topological incident forever drawn into literary circulation. What happened, however, branched out into something else. What happened that winter morning had neither place, nor time, nor definition in my vocabulary, nor did it bear any distant resemblance to anything in my experience.

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Mother straightens up, her left hand touches her hair. She looks out to the garden over her shoulder. The photograph slips down to the floor. There is no we. oral life, threads of silk on sand spits, irises and peonies. "-this with fake bewilderment and no connection to what's been said. "Surprising, nonetheless, what he contents himself with-he who really appears to be a serious scholar. " Here one should obviously stumble, realizing the irrelevance of one's monologue. One should lower one's head-he does so-astigmatism; that we know: closer to the table to take a myopic sip from the shot glass, to sit back.

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