Author Archives: Elena Dimov

Russian Vers Libre and the Poetry of Ilya Semenenko-Basin

Russian vers libre remains one of the most contradictory and unacknowledged genres of contemporary Russian poetry. Even though Russian free verse has existed since the 19th century, and some critics consider Slovo o Polku Igoreve* as the first known prototype … Continue reading

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Interview with Ilya Kukulin About the Trends of the Modern Russian Literature

“If literature has a social function, it is, perhaps, to show man his optimal parameters, his spiritual maximum. On that score, the metaphysical man of Dostoyevsky’s novels is of greater value than (Mr. Kundera’s) wounded rationalist, however modern and however … Continue reading

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