Nikola Nikolayovych Sologubov (Nikola Sologub) was born on August 6, 1969 in Kyiv. His father, Mykola Vasyliovych Sologubov (Sologub), was a well-known Soviet artist born in Kyrgyzstan. His maternal grandfather was the Ukrainian Jewish poet Matvey (Motl) Hartsman, who volunteered for the front and was killed in action in 1943. Nikola’s brother is the artist Matvey Weisberg. Nikola studied art at the Kyiv Art School for Gifted Children, specializing in sculpture. However, at the age of 14, he was expelled from the school for bad behavior, and after that, the only school he was allowed to graduate from was a school for the blind and deaf. All of this made it impossible to officially continue art education, therefore he set out to educate himself, studying philosophy and art history. He received his art education from his father. As a child, he painted in his studio on Andriyivsky Descent in Kyiv, and when, in 1989, many new galleries opened in Kyiv, Nikola began to exhibit in them. His artistic career took off immediately.
This collection, compiled, translated, and edited by poet and scholar Ian Probstein, provides Anglophone audiences with a powerful selection of Mandelstam’s most beloved and haunting poems.
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!