Thirty-Nine Rooms by Nikolai Baitov

Author(s): BAITOV, Nikolai
ISBN13/Barcode: 9780473251949
In 39 short poems, Russian poet Nikolai Baitov attempts to describe a room. Russian/English.

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"This is a sequence of sketches, attempts to describe a room...I go at the description from different sides, but all the attempts are futile; that is, they lead nowhere," says the poet of 'Thirty-nine rooms'. "As a writer, I know that only a few of the phenomena of our world and the human condition (and these the least interesting ones) can be described in words. So I use poetry as a kind of super-language, by which I can (at least try to) express the 'unspeakable,' what Wittgenstein instructed us to keep quiet about." Baitov's poems "are almost always generated by a random thought, a random experience, even just a single random word or phrase." Translator J. Kates finds "something expansive and even world-wide about the 'Thirty-nine Rooms', for all its ostensible claustrophobia. It takes on Persian rubaiyat, Malaysian pantoum and Horatian ode in its Russian setting." Nikolai Baitov, born 1951 in Moscow, where he continues to live, was educated in higher mathematics, and worked for twelve years as a programmer. In 1987 he quit to become a church custodian. Between 1985 and 1989 he collaborated with Alexander Barash on the magazine Epsilon-Salon, and then with Sveta Litvak in the Literary Performance Club. From 1998 to 2006 he curated the literary salon 'Premyera' for the Zverevsky Center for Modern Art. His publications include Equilibria of disagreements, 1990, Seasons, 2001, With regards to, 2007 and Reasons, 2011. He was awarded a Brodsky Fellowship in 2007 and an Andrey Bely Prize in 2011. J. Kates is a poet and literary translator who lives in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, USA.

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ISBN13/Barcode 9780473251949
ISBN10 0473251949
Author BAITOV, Nikolai
Binding Paperback
Date Published 28 Sep 2015
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 0
Publisher Cold Hub Press

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