anna akhmatova • nine poems • limited edition
A small selection by the Russian activist/counter-revolutionary/labour camp survivor (1889-1966). These utterances are predominantly from the 1920s and translated by AS Kline. We are especially grateful to the Anna Akhmatova Museum in St Petersburg for their support & assistance.
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53 numbered copies
£12 plus shipping
16 pages. approx. 6"/150mm wide x 225mm/9" tall. Handsewn at the Sick Tangerine workshop. Mohawk dark grey card covers; front cover artwork embossed in gold; acid-free text paper; Hahnemuhle Bugra Butten green laid endpapers. ISBN 978-1-910691-79-3
Selection of poems originally translated by AS Kline.
No copies were sent out for review
Better known as Anna Akhmatova but born Anna Gorenko (1889-1966) in Odessa, on the Black Sea, she spent most of her life in St. Petersburg. In 1910 she married Nikolai Gumilev, a poet and leader of the Acmeist movement. He was shot as a counter-revolutionary in 1921. Remaining in St Petersburgh (renamed Leningrad) during the siege in the Second World War, and with her son, and her lover, Nikolai Punin, both sent to labour camps, she came to stand for the voice of an earlier Russia that had neither been silenced nor forgotten. In 1964, she was awarded the Etna-Taormina prize and an honorary doctorate from Oxford University in 1965. Akhmatova died in Leningrad in 1966.
A.S. Kline was born in 1947 and lives in England. He graduated in Mathematics from the University of Manchester, and was Chief Information Officer (Systems Director) of a large UK Company, before dedicating himself to his literary work which consists of translations of poetry; critical works, biographical history and his own original poetry. He has translated into English from Latin, Ancient Greek, Classical Chinese and the European languages. His most extensive works are complete translations of Ovid's Metamorphoses and Dante's Divine Comedy.
The Walking Wounded Series is an erratic beast. Titles will be released in sporadic bursts over the coming years. 53 titles by 53 different authors, in an edition of 53 numbered copies each. Any copies left unsold after 9 months (from date of issue) will be ceremonially burned and the ashes scattered into the River Wandle outside the Tangerine hq here in south London.
Limited edition, signed chapbooks, all handsewn, embossed and printed at the Sick Tangerine workshop.
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