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Collected Works of Velimir Khlebnikov, Volume III: Selected Poems

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674497962

Publication Date: 01/10/1998

274 pages

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Collected Works of Velimir Khlebnikov


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[Khlebnikov] was surely one of the most remarkable practitioners in language who has ever written. He seems to inhabit the very heart of his language, exploring its roots, making it send up new and wonderful growths… What of those who approach him through translation? Can they come to see the importance and beauty of his work? This is the challenge taken up by Paul Schmidt… A fine achievement.—Peter France, The Times Literary Supplement

At times, [Khlebnikov’s] verse sounds like what birds presumably heard from Saint Francis. Under his pen, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions undergo mutations as mind-boggling as those of a cell hit by immense radiation. Beautiful or grotesque, the results are often memorable…diamonds of an unparalleled splendor.—Joseph Brodsky, The New Republic

Khlebnikov was a poet ahead of his time. He is full of rock ’n’ roll, fire, and cosmic fantasy that outdo any sci-fi feature. Paul Schmidt is even wilder and more tender than the poet he translates. Together they make you spin.—Elizabeth Swados

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