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Arkadii Dragomoshchenko, Russia's major founding father of Language poetry, in his new choice of essays fuses likely disparate parts of poetry, philosophy, journalism, and prose in an try to trap the workings of reminiscence. At stake isn't really what he writes approximately -- even if reminiscence, Gertrude Stein, immortality, or a stroll on Nevsky Prospect -- yet how he writes it. officially, Dragomoshchenko by no means tires of digression, growing playful video games of endurance and anticipation for his reader. In so doing, he pushes tale and closure into the heritage -- arriving, ultimately, yet to not a vacation spot. eventually, Dragomoshchenko "carefully seeks out the dirt of strains from the interval of oblivion," which obviously result in the oblivion of minds.


"Full of energy in addition to profundity, and resonating with whatever i will merely time period friendship, those meditations / memoirs belong to the nice culture of metaphysical prose, along the works of Nietzsche, Shklovsky, Kierkegaard, and Toufic." --Lyn Hejinian

"Dragomoshchenko, one in all a brand new iteration of more youthful Russian writers, is an unique, notwithstanding his writing exhibits the effect of the Russian poets of the early twentieth century, of extra modern Western writers, and of philosophers particularly. His imagery will be breathtaking." --Publishers Weekly

"Dragomoshchenko is a whirlwind of phrases, soft expressions, fierce gestures, piercing glances." --Matvei Yankelevich


Arkadii Dragomoshchenko is a poet, essayist, and translator who was once born in Potsdam, Germany in 1946 and grew up in Vinnitsa, Ukraine. He has lived and labored in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), Russia because 1969. His writing has earned him a name because the consultant determine of Language poetry in Russia.

Dragomoshchenko's poetry used to be first brought to American audiences within the volumes Description and Xenia, translated by way of Lyn Hejinian and released by way of sunlight & Moon Press within the Nineteen Nineties. He has seeing that authored chinese language sunlight, released in 2005 by means of grotesque Duckling Presse, and the prose assortment airborne dirt and dust (Dalkey Archive Press, 2005).

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They even tolerate their status as a minority. In brief, they are able to deal with the "eternity" of the Big Apple without sacrificing the ability to express their obvious feeling of personal dignity. It's possible that this is not unique to the Japanese, and in part this is perhaps why I've never seen a single ad for chewing gum here, not even on television. One must assume that this is because no one chews it. But they do drink coffee! In fact, it's fairly good and decently served. Starbucks, the nationwide chain of American cafes, is clearly not doing particularly well downtown.

TRANSLATION BY EVGENY PAVLOV 47 DO NOT A GUN For the traveler there inevitably comes a moment when his or her memories are converted into small change. This kind of money has the habit of disappearing with a clang as it settles darkly at the bottom of various fountains or in a variety of receptacles along passageways. Passageways are dimly lit, umbrellas sometimes lie in a pile, "just in case:' On occasion there's even a faint odor of basil in the air. Memories settle at the bottom of words, turning what's seen in daylight into stranger-than-strange figures and into never-beforeseen images.

When I asked her what would I do there, she asked, "What are you doing here ... " She drove slowly, immersed in her thoughts, while I looked out at the reflection of our car drifting in the waves of dark shopwindows. When we went upstairs to her apartment, I suddenly felt like it was the last time. Perhaps because reality had dragged its shadow off of everything. I briefly pressed my hand against the hallway wall. It was an ordinary wall. But that's what it had been all along. In the morning, as we lay there without having had a wink of sleep, she said, "It's strange, this building has six floors on one side, and nine on the other:' At the end of the week, she went to live with her mother in Moscow.

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