Field-Russia by Gennady Aygi
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The central work by the world-famous Chuvashian who "writes with an imagistic compression an real time candor that is utterly unique" (Publishers Weekly).

Lifelong Aygi translator and friend Peter France wrote in The Guardian: "Aygi wrote from a deep awareness of the losses and destructions of the 20th century." Field-Russia is a book of poems arranged shortly before Aygi's death, which in his view occupied a central place in his work. The collection opens with an informal conversation about poetry, and is followed by a series of little lyric "books"—Field-Russia, Time of the Ravines, and Final Departure—that form a part of Aygi's "life-book." Like Ahkmatova and Celan before him, Aygi has left us with these most necessary words to dwell in—a quiet, spiritual poetry in a time of uprootedness and despair.

About Gennady Aygi

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Gennady Aygi was born on August 21, 1934, some 400 miles east of Moscow in a village in the Chuvash Republic. He was the Chuvash national poet, has been published in more than twenty countries, and received many honors including the Legion d'Honneur, the Petrarch Prize, and the Pasternak Prize. Peter France is Professor Emeritus and Endowment Fellow of the University of Edinburgh.
Published April 1, 2003 by New Directions Publishing Corporation. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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