Category Archives: Pushkin Press
Ten Poems from Russia Selected and Introduced by Boris Dralyuk
In association with Pushkin Press
My love of poetry takes me back to my youth when I used to write poetry in my free time. As the years passed I discovered Russian poets as well as Russian literature. It became a love and an obsession. It is my great pleasure to introduce one of the latest releases by Candlestick Press. Ten Poems from Russia which have been selected and introduced by Boris Dralyuk in association with Pushkin Press.
These poetry pamphlets are just the most wonderful introduction to Russian Poetry if you have not yet discovered this. For anyone who knows and understands Russian poets and poetry they will know it is in fact more than just poetry. It encompasses all and everything that is Russian.
Just mentioning the name of Alexander Pushkin evokes many memories for me as I began my love affair with Russian literature and poetry. There are ten poems that have been selected by Boris Dralyuk and without doubt my favourite poem in the collection is My Country Mikhail Lermontov. This is just Russia in verse.
Ten Poems from Russia.
Prologue to Ruslan and Lyudmila by Alexander Pushkin
My Country by Mikhail Lermontov
To Alya by Marina Tsvetaeva
“Take from my palms some sun.. by Osip Mandelstam
In Memory of Sergey Yesenin by Anna Akhmatova
The Lost Tram by Nikolay Gumilyov
Hamlet by Boris Pasternak
The Stroll by Yuri Kazarnovsky
“I still find charm…” by Georgy Ivanov
Bouquet by Julia Nemirovskaya
Candlestick Press are a small independent publisher based in Nottingham and were founded in 2008. The team consists of four dedicated people in Di Slaney (Publisher), Kathy Towers (Assistant Editor) and two admin assistants. Their aim is simple to spread the joy of poetry to adults and children alike who love poetry and or may be just beginning their journey in to enjoying poetry. These small pamphlets are just ideal for bedtime reading or like I have been doing and that is enjoying them on journeys and are just perfect to be given as a gift.
Thank you to Candlestick Press for the review copy of Ten Poems from Russia.
Ten Poems from Russia was published by and was published on 1st June 2018 and is available through selected Waterstones bookshops and also Amazon and through your local independent bookshop.
The Gradual Disappearance of Jane Ashland – Nicolai Houm (Translated by Anna Paterson)
The story starts with a woman (Jane Ashland) waking up in a tent in the Norwegian mountains. Outside a storm is battering the bleak landscape and Jane believes she is about to die. The Gradual Disappearance of Jane Ashland by Nicolai Houm (translated by Anna Paterson) is a gripping and compelling story of a woman who flies to Norway to see relatives. But how did Jane Ashland get to be here and alone.
Jane has now found herself alone in a bleak landscape in a tent with no food or water, she has no idea of where she is or how she got here. This is a powerful story that is under 200 pages that I found very difficult to leave. A story that just grabbed hold of my senses and refused to let go until I have finished the last page.
I love a story about leading central character and is just them and here is the perfect example. Told in flashbacks through her life. It turns out that Jane is a wounded soul, damaged by drink and prescription drugs. Yet there is the part of a flashback that Jane was studying literature and her relationships while she was in the States. Over time she tried to reach out to her relatives in Norway, but you always fear there are storm cloud just on the horizon in Janes life and then they hit. Like the mountainous landscape Jane has found herself in, this is a rugged and raw novel. It is bleak and chilling.
What I found through this novel is how incredible Nicolai Houm just little by little feed the reader with details of Jane’s life leaving you with a sense on always wondering about Jane. Reading this I found was like a drug, addictive and once in you wanted more and more. This is stunning piece of writing with complex threads. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Thank you to Pushkin Press for the review copy of The Gradual Disappearance of Jane Ashland.
The Gradual Disappearance of Jane Ashland is published by Pushkin Press and was published on 26th April 2018 and is available through Waterstones, Amazon and through your local independent bookshop.