By Arkadii Dragomoshchenko, Evgeny Pavlov
This can be my experiment, no longer a retail publication. I don't imagine there's one to be had.
Fiction. Poetry. Translated from the Russian by means of Evgeny Pavlov. Arkadii Dragomoschenko got here to us first as a samizdat/underground poet, his strains & 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 options & 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 consistently perplexing," writes the narrator of Dragomoshchenko's novel, his first fiction to be translated into English. referred to as an experimental poet in his local Russia, Dragomoshchenko twists, tweaks and pummels the radical into an unrecognizable, yet now not 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 having a look "like a pronoun and all letters at once." yet different cunningly brainy dictums turn into murkier upon mirrored image: "there isn't any ebook in that book." there's a booklet during this novel, even though, watching for 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 considering the fact that 1969. His writing has earned him a name because the consultant determine of Language poetry in Russia.
Dragomoshchenko's poetry used to be first brought to American audiences within the volumes Description and Xenia, translated by way of Lyn Hejinian and released by means of sunlight & Moon Press within the Nineties. He has on the grounds that authored chinese language sunlight, released in 2005 by means of gruesome Duckling Presse, and the prose assortment dirt (Dalkey Archive Press, 2005).
C.D. Wright has acknowledged of his paintings, "This is poetry. conceited. Magisterial. roughly impenetrable. The relation of language is strength yet now not improvisational.” approximately airborne dirt and dust, Lyn Hejinian wrote, “Full of power in addition to profundity, and resonating with whatever i will purely time period friendship, those meditations/memoirs belong to the good culture of metaphysical prose, along the works of Nietzsche, Shklovsky, Kierkegaard, and Toufic.”
Ugly Duckling Presse is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit writer established in Brooklyn, manhattan, which focuses on poetry, translation, misplaced literature, and books through artists.
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