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Born in 1886, Khodasevich came of age among the famed avant-gardists of Russian poetry, but unlike the major modernists of the age--the Symbolists and the Futurists among them--he sought inspiration neither in esoteric doctrines, nor in grand pronouncements. Instead, he was determined to find meaning in the world, and each of his poems reflects this tireless, often heroic, sometimes deeply bitter engagement with his surroundings. An innovative classicist in an era taken in by relentless experimentation, Khodasevich was hailed by many of his peers in the Soviet Union and Berlin, including Vladimir Nabokov, who wrote that Khodasevich would "remain the pride of Russian poetry as long as its last memory lives." Brilliantly translated by Peter Daniels, and with a richly informed introduction by Michael Wachtel, Selected Poems is a stunning confirmation of that assessment.
About the Author
Vladislav Khodasevich (1886 1939) was born in Moscow and emigrated to Berlin in 1922. In addition to the five collections of poems he published between 1908 and 1927, Khodasevich was the author of a biography of the poet Gavrila Derzhavin and of numerous essays. He was married to the novelist Nina Berberova.
Peter Daniels is a winner of the 2008 Arvon and 2010 "TLS" Poetry Competitions. His collection "Counting Eggs" was published in 2012.
Michael Wachtel is a professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. He is the author of "The Development of Russian Verse, Pushkin s Lyric Poetry" and other books."