It's No Good by Kirill Medvedev
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His later poetry, more strident and shorn of detail, is lesser stuff. He begins to type more often in all caps. You fear for his mental state.
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Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Translated from the Russian by Keith Gessen with Mark Krotov, Corey Mead and Bela Shayevich. Edited and introduced by Keith Gessen, IT'S NO GOOD includes selected poems from Kirill Medvedev's four books of poetry as well as his most significant essays: "My Fascism" (on the failure of post-Soviet Russian liberalism, politically and culturally); "Literature and Sincerity" (on the attractions and dangers of the "new sincerity" in Russian letters); "Dmitry Kuzmin, a Memoir" (a detailed memoir and analysis of the work of the 1990s Moscow poet, publisher, and impresario Kuzmin, and what his activity represents). This is Medvedev's first book in English.

"Kirill Medvedev is the most exciting phenomenon in Russian poetry at the beginning of the new century. To be fair, that's not a compliment. It's a judgment. You get the sense that Medvedev has no fear, and that this fearlessness costs him nothing. Such things are rarely forgiven."—Dmitry Vodennikov
 

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Born in Moscow, in 1975, Kirill Medvedev has recently emerged as one of the most exciting, unpredictable voices on the Russian literary scene. Widely published and acclaimed as a poet, he is also is an activist for labor and a member of the Russian Socialist movement "Vpered" [Forward]. He contributes essays regularly to Chto Delat , and other opposition magazines. His small press, The Free Marxist Publishing House [SMI], has recently released his translations of Pasolini, Eagleton, and Goddard, as well as numerous books at the intersection of literature, art and politics, including a collection of his own essays. IT'S NO GOOD (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012) is Medvedev's first book in English. Keith Gessen was born in Moscow in 1975 and emigrated to the States with his family in 1981. A founding editor of n+1, Gessen is the author of All the Sad Young Literary Men (Viking, 2008). His translation (with Anna Summers) of fabled Moscow iconoclast Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, There Once Lived A Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby, was published by Penguin in 2009. Mark Krotov is an assistant editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He was born in Moscow in 1985 and moved to Atlanta in 1991. He graduated from Columbia in 2008. ela Shayevich is a writer, translator, and illustrator. Her translations have appeared in journals such as Little Star, St. Petersburg Review, and Calque. She is the author of Made In Russia: Unsung Icons of Soviet Design (Rizzoli Press, 2011) Cory Merrill graduated from Amherst College in 2008, and subsequently completed one year of masters study in St. Petersburg, Russia.
 
Published December 18, 2012 by Ugly Duckling Presse. 280 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Mar 20 2013

His later poetry, more strident and shorn of detail, is lesser stuff. He begins to type more often in all caps. You fear for his mental state.

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