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Boris Pasternak

Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) is widely considered one of the most important Russian writers of the twentieth century. Most famous for his novel Dr. Zhivago (1957), he was also an accomplished poet and translator who introduced modern versions of Goethe and Shakespeare to Russia. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958.

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Raspad

Autumn 1978 | Poetry

How can we slow time down? How can we shed rot, Raspad? Sleepless nights on the Volga coast unleash miracles. Where the eye relied on the droughty steppe for mercy, there, in swirling mist, the haystack of revolution rises. In distant granaries a [...]

Raspad

Autumn 1978 | Poetry

How can we slow time down? How can we shed rot, Raspad? Sleepless nights on the Volga coast unleash miracles. Where the eye relied on the droughty steppe for mercy, there, in swirling mist, the haystack of revolution rises. In distant granaries a [...]

Moochkap

The spirit sweats—the horizon's tobacco tinged—like thought. Windmills image a fishing village: boats and weathered nets. The village of frozen windmills hovers like a motionless harbor. All smells of a weary stasis: nothing, nothing stirs. [...]

Sparrow Hills

My kisses pour over your breast—as from a pitcher! Not forever will the keys of summer turn. Not every night will we stamp our feet to the low bellow of accordions, and raise the dust off the floor. I've heard of old age—such blighted forecas [...]