War of the Beasts and the Animals

War of the Beasts and the Animals
Sasha Dugdale, Maria Stepanova
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First full English translation of the poetry of Maria Stepanova, one of Russia' s most innovative and exciting poets and thinkers. This selection includes three recent long poems by Stepanova on conflict, two of these written during the Donbas dispute with Ukraine. Her documentary novel In Memory of Memory won Russia' s Big Book Award in 2018. New Directions are to publish Sasha Dugdale' s English translation (i. e. the same distinguished Russian expert who is the translator of our poetry title). She is the founding editor of Colta. ru, an online independent site which has been compared to Huffington Post in its status and importance, covering the cultural, social and political reality of contemporary Russia.
Maria Stepanova is a poet, essayist, journalist and the author of ten poetry collections and three books of essays. She has received several Russian and international literary awards (including the prestigious Andrey Bely Prize and Joseph Brodsky Fellowship). Her book In Memory of Memory is a documentary novel. It won Russia' s Big Book Award in 2018 and was published in English by New Directions in the US and Fitzcarraldo in the UK in 2021, and longlisted for the International Booker Prize. It has been published in Germany as Nach dem Gedachtnis (Suhrkamp, 2018). Sasha Dugdale' s English translation of her collection of poems War of the Beasts and the Animals is published by Bloodaxe in 2021. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of the online independent crowd-sourced journal Colta. ru. Colta. ru covers the cultural, social and political reality of contemporary Russia, reaching audiences of nearly a million visitors a month in the past.