Red Shifting by Aleksander Skidan
(Eastern European Poets)

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Poetry. Cultural Writing. Essays. Translated from the Russian by Genya Turovskaya and Eugene Ostashevsky. Alexander Skidan is one of Russia's most important contemporary poets. With language that is at once literary, cinematic, philosophical, journalistic, his innovative writing calls into question the distinction between poetry and philosophy. In RED SHIFTING, Skidan blurs and shifts the boundaries between the two as literary genres and as modes of discourse. His work is both lyrical and disjointed, addressing unflinchingly the literary and historical condition of post-Soviet Russia, engaging in continuous discourse with what Walter Benjaminwould call "the origins of the present crisis". He lives in St. Petersburg where he is also a literary and cultural critic, journalist, and translator, as well as one of the founding members of the collaborative art and politics publication What Is To Be Done. In 2006 he won the Andrey Bely prize for Non-Fiction.

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Published September 1, 2007 by Ugly Duckling Presse. 120 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An important translator from English into Russian (of Paul Bowles, Slavoj Zizek and Charles Olson), Skidan lets his readers choose whether to revel in the bizarrie of his images, or whether instead to trace intellectual roots: ""bodies without organs in the sarcophagus,/ of the Peugeot, the soapy...

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