Tomas Venclova, born on September 11, 1937, in Klaipeda, Lithuania, is a Lithuanian poet, translator, literary critic, essayist, and dissident. One of the founders of the Lithuanian Helsinki Group (founded December 1, 1976). In 1977, he left the Soviet Union at the invitation of the university of Berkeley and later worked at Ohio University. Thomas Venclova’s poems have been translated into many languages, including Russian. In 2018, Venclova returned to Vilnius.
In this collection of 34 short stories, author Alexis Levitin, travel set in hand, takes the reader on a journey across several continents – and even into space – exploring the joys of chess and its effect on the lives of those who play.
In this collection, Andrey Kneller has woven together his own poems with his translations of one of the most recognized and celebrated contemporary Russian poets, Vera Pavlova.