Roald Mandelstam

About the Author:

Roald Mandelstam
Leningrad, USSR

Roald Mandelstam (1932-1961) was born in Leningrad. He studied at the Polytechnic Institute, and then at the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Saint Petersburg State University. He did not graduate; he could not work anywhere, and rarely left the house because of a severe form of tuberculosis. In the late 1950s, he experienced persistent acute illness and was hospitalized many times. On January 26, 1961, he died from a hemorrhage. “Roald Mandelstam, the pioneer of post-war uncensored literature, the first poet who became famous exclusively thanks to samizdat. Roald Mandelstam, like his artist friends (A. Arefiev, R. Vasmi, I. Thomov, R. Gudzenko, L. Titov, A. Mourning, VL. Shagin, Sh. Schwartz), belongs to the generation of military children who built their art and their World Vision on the Ruins of Civilization; who felt themselves both savages and heirs of the Silver Age.” (from Complete Poems of Roald Mandelstam, published by Limbach Ivan Publishing House). In 2012, a postal stamp was issued commemorating Roald Mandelstam’s 80th anniversary.

by Ilya Perelmuter (editor)

Launched in 2012, “Four Centuries” is an international electronic magazine of Russian poetry in translation.

by Ilya Ehrenburg

Ilya Ehrenburg (1891–1967) was one of the most prolific Russian writers of the twentieth century.  Babi Yar and Other Poems, translated by Anna Krushelnitskaya, is a representative selection of Ehrenburg’s poetry, available in English for the first time.

by William Conelly

Young readers will love this delightful work of children’s verse by poet William Conelly, accompanied by Nadia Kossman’s imaginative, evocative illustrations.

by Maria Galina

A book of poems by Maria Galina, put together and completed exactly one day before the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This is Galina’s seventh book of poems. With translations by Anna Halberstadt and Ainsley Morse.

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by Aleksandr Kabanov

The first bilingual (Russian-English) collection of poems by Aleksandr Kabanov, one of Ukraine’s major poets, “Elements for God” includes poems that predicted – and now chronicle – Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

by Yulia Fridman

A book of poems by Yulia Fridman.

“I have been reading Yulia Fridman’s poems for a long time and have admired them for a long time.” (Vladimir Bogomyakov, poet)

Three Questions. A Documentary by Vita Shtivelman
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Poetry Reading in Honor of Brodsky’s 81st Birthday
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