Gili Haimovich is a bilingual poet, translator and photographer. She is the author of ten poetry books, four in English and six in Hebrew including as well as a multilingual book of her poem Note. Her most recent books are her English volumes: Promised Lands (2020) and Lullaby (2021). She won the international Italian poetry competitions I colori dell’anima for best foreign poet (2020), the Ossi di Seppia international Italian competition (2019), a grant for excellency by the Ministry of Culture of Israel (2015) and other national and international prizes and grants. Her poems are translated into 30 languages and published worldwide in anthologies, festivals and journals such as: World Literature Today, Poetry International, 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium as well as major publications in Israel such as The Most Beautiful Poems in Hebrew – A Hundred Years of Israeli Poetry, A Naked Queen – An Anthology of Israeli Social Protest Poetry and festivals such as in Canada, Italy, India, Mexico, Hong Kong, Romania, Mongolia.
This collection of personal essays by a bi-national Russian/U.S. author offers glimpses into many things Soviet and post-Soviet: the sacred, the profane, the mundane, the little-discussed and the often-overlooked. What was a Soviet school dance like? Did communists go to church? Did communists listen to Donna Summer? If you want to find out, read on!
“Cold War Casual” is a collection of transcribed oral testimony and interviews translated from Russian into English and from English into Russian that delve into the effect of the events and the government propaganda of the Cold War era on regular citizens of countries on both sides of the Iron Curtain.
Julia Wiener was born in the USSR a few years before the Second World War; her youth was spent during the “Thaw” period, and her maturity coincided with the years of “Soviet stagnation”, which, in her case, ended with her emigration to Israel in the early 1970s. Her wartime childhood, her Komsomol-student youth, her subsequent disillusionment, her meetings with well-known writers (Andrei Platonov, Victor Nekrasov, etc.) are described in a humorous style and colorful detail. Julia brings to life colorful characters – from her Moscow communal apartment neighbors to a hippie London lord, or an Arab family, headed by a devotee of classical Russian literature. No less diverse are the landscapes against which the events unfold: the steppes of Kazakhstan, the Garden of Gethsemane, New York, Amsterdam, London.