Foreword by Joseph Brodsky.
Evgeny Rein is Russia's greatest living poet. Born in 1935, he belongs to
that tragic generation of Russian poets who for decades went unpublished in the Soviet Union. One of Akhmatova's 'magic choir' of young Leningrad poets, he was Joseph Brodsky's mentor and lifetime friend.
Brodsky figures in many of his poems, and Brodsky's essay on Rein introduces this bilingual selection: "Rein is the most gifted Russian poet of the second half of the 20th century. Few among his compatriots would dispute the depth of the despair and exhaustion that darkens these poems."
Translations by Daniel Weissbort, Robert Reid and Carol Rumens / Yuri Drobyshev.
Russian-English Bilingual Edition.