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On the Border of Snow and Melt

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Poetry. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Russian, edited and annotated by Jerome Katsell and Stanislav Shvabrin.

Mirrors reflect each other,
Mutually distorting their reflections.

I believe not in the invincibility of evil,
But only in the unavoidability of defeat.

Not in the music that burned my life,
But in the ash left from the burning.
Paperback, 532 pages
Published 2011 by Perseval Press

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Dec 02, 2014 Helen Rena rated it it was amazing
Kind of Depressing, But... But some poems are amazing. I mean not all of them, no. In fact, most of them are repetitive as hell - trees, cold, something in the window. I don't know why Ivanov never saw anything through, let's say, a door or under his bed or in his closet. Maybe he was in some anti-door league. But I guess I get the cold part - to be Russian and not to write about snow and cold would be unnatural. :)

But a few poems are fantastic and truly creepy. Here's one:

I will gradually becom
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Georgii Vladimirovich Ivanov (Russian: Георгий Владимирович Иванов; 11 October 1894 – 26 August 1958) was a leading poet and essayist of the Russian emigration between the 1930s and 1950s.

As a banker's son, Ivanov spent his young manhood in the elite circle of Russian golden youth. He started writing pretentious verses, imitative of Baudelaire and the French Symbolists, at a precocious age. Althou
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