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Alexander Pushkin , Andrey Kneller
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20 Oct 2008
Alexander Pushkin (June 6, 1799 - February 10, 1837), is widely considered to be Russia's greatest writer. He is credited with enhancing the Russian lexicon and introducing a language that, while bridging Romanticism with Realism, would become a foundation for Russian modern literature. His poetry, marked by innovative rhymes and rhythms, while, at the same time, maintaining natural tone and diction, has a very unique and distinct sound that is drastically different from anything written before him. His novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, has been recognized all over the world and translated into 86 languages, including at least 42 translations into English. This small, dual-language collection is an assortment of some of his best known poetry with some of the lesser known works.

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  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (20 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440439729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440439728
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 20 x 13.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 934,655 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, Boris Pasternak 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor translations! 27 Oct 2012
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I love Pushkin's poetry but these translations lack soul! The one good thing is that the Russian is there for you to do a better job yourself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent translation 22 July 2010
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The quality of translation is amazing. The spirit of Pushkin's poetry (I an a native Russian speaker) is rendered with surprising accuracy, and so is the melody of the verses.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Russian music 10 Sep 2013
By Mcb - Published on Amazon.com
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The problem with translating Pushkin, any Russian will tell you, is that he is a very musical poet and most English translations lose the music by being too literal.
Not so this collection, whose poems sing and fly with a distinctive 19th century flavor. I don't speak Russian but I am a poet and I recognize the artistry of the work here. The translator is fluent in rhyme and the poems are clear and well rendered. I will leave it for Russian scholars to determine the accuracy of the words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding translation 19 Mar 2013
By DM - Published on Amazon.com
Outstanding translation. The translator clearly proved that Great Russian poetry could sound great in English language. Thank you for building so meaningful bridge between these two cultures.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Reproach! 9 Jun 2014
By John may - Published on Amazon.com
I absolutely love reading Russian poetry and studying the history thereof. Alexander Pushkin is no doubt an awesome poet, and of course one of my all time favorite. The problem that I face is that I don't speak (or consequently read) Russian, and so I therefore am very reliant on a good translator, and a creative one as well: Andrey Kneller is hands down both. His transliterations are creative, beautiful, concise, and beyond reproach! If you're an English speaker as I am, yet love Russian poetry, or want to read and learn about Russian poetry, I absolutely recommend you to pick up Andrey Kneller's translations!
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