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Some old photos of Anna Akhmatova

Posted 04-29-2010 at 04:56 AM by Helen Agaf (Stars never fall, they travel)
Updated 04-29-2010 at 10:32 AM by Helen Agaf (The pics couldn't be seen)
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This one was taken in 1925.

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In 1920-es.

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"To be a boy of yours with fair hair", or Tsvetaeva as St. John in "The Disciple"

Posted 04-27-2010 at 05:08 AM by Helen Agaf (Stars never fall, they travel)
Today I’d like to share a translation of Tsvetaeva’s #1 of “The Disciple” cycle. This is a passionate and energetic lyric poem with quite interesting similes. Right from the start Marina describes her fervent wish to be as close to her spiritual leader as young St. John, Christ’s favorite disciple, was to Jesus. However, at the end of a poem a heretic motive appears with a bonfire prepared for her master.

There are also two other interesting things about the verse. Thus, some lines...
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Observation: a very good poet can be a very poor reciter of his own poetry...

Posted 04-26-2010 at 07:38 AM by Helen Agaf (Stars never fall, they travel)
Prince Sergey Volkonski about his home and well-known poets of his youth:

"Very often poets came to our place to recite their poetry. Alexey K. Tolstoy recited his best verses, as well as Yakov P. Polonski* – both were worst possible reciters. Apollon N. Maykov recited his “Three deaths”, “The two worlds” and many other poems. He was a quite brilliant reciter, with clear logical and strikingly artistic declamation."

*Yakov P. Polonski - Russian poet and prosaist....
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Natalia L. Trauberg: "Translation helps to get rid of egomania..."

Posted 04-19-2010 at 10:05 AM by Helen Agaf (Stars never fall, they travel)
Natalia L. Trauberg, translator of prose and poetry (English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese - Russian).

"A translator devotes his energies to an author, as if dissolving completely in a book. Figuratively speaking, if a translator doesn't kill himself in himself, just as an icon painter kills the artist in himself, he wouldn't be able to work. Few manage doing this; when I translate something, I do more writing than translating. There are several kinds of translators....
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Natalia S. Mavlevich: “It seems to me that translation is an image thinking process."

Posted 04-16-2010 at 07:13 AM by Helen Agaf (Stars never fall, they travel)
Natalia S. Mavlevich, translator of prose and poetry (French – Russian).

“It seems to me that translation is an image thinking process. Once Averintsev* (Sergey S. Averintsev, famous Russian philologist) noticed: our profession is based on a similar triangles principle, i.e. we must provide the adequacy of associations. The most important thing in translation - its very core - is a degree of freedom and accuracy.
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