Ali Bader is an Iraqi novelist, essayist, poet, and screenwriter and the winner of five major Arabic awards. He was born in Baghdad, where he studied Western philosophy and foreign literature. He authored sixteen novels, several works of non-fiction, scripts, plays, and four poetry collections. He was a soldier during the war of Iraq; later he worked as a war correspondent covering events in the Middle East. His best-known novels in English include Papa Sartre (AUC Press, 2009), The Tobacco Keeper (Bloomsbury, 2012),Running after the Wolves, and Woman Without God.
These English poems by Gari have the same energy and elegance as his Russian poems, and they are enriched by his multilayered, polyphonic use of the English language to express thoughts and feelings with sophistication and humor.
This new edition by Shearsman Press (UK) contains translations of Marina Tsvetaeva’s narrative poems (поэмы). They can be seen as markers of various stages in her poetic development, ranging from the early, folk-accented On a Red Steed to the lyrical-confessional Poem of the Mountain and Poem of the End to the more metaphysical later poems, An Attempt at a Room, Poem of the Mountain, a beautiful requiem for Rainer Maria Rilke, New Year’s Greetings, and Poem of the Air, a stirring celebration of Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight and the quest for the soul’s freedom. These translations were first published by Ardis in 1998 and reprinted by Overlook in 2004 and 2009. The current edtion was published by Shearsman Press (UK) in 2021.