Second Nature

Boris Pasternak

‘Full of surprising, but not arbitrary, images drawn from Pasternak’s sense of the fragmentation of modern life, Navrozov’s translations are inventive and exact in equal measure, the working parts of a poetry always packed with feeling and intelligence.’ – Robert Nye, The Times

The life of Boris Pasternak culminated in the publication of his successful novel Doctor Zhivago, and his being awarded the 1958 Nobel Prize for Literature, an award he did not accept.

In this collected volume of Pasternak’s poetry Andrei Navrozov seeks to transport the English-language reader into the Russian poet’s mysterious lyric universe. Both inventive and exact, the poems in Second Nature are inspired by life and scenery from the natural world.

Unavailable for some time, Second Nature has been acclaimed by leading Pasternak scholars and enthusiasts.

‘Navrozov successfully recreates the convoluted exuberance of early Pasternak. [He] courageously renders Pasternak’s heterogeneous lexical and musical mosaic . . . his compromises to metre and orchestration are consciously made, and are not mere mistranslation.’ – Christopher Barnes, author of Boris Pasternak: A Literary Biography (CUP)

‘It seems to me that I can hear, as I have not done before, the voice of the poet Pasternak and really apprehend what he is doing with thought, feeling, language. It’s an impressive and immensely moving piece of work; the poems, somehow, declare authenticity . . . How sad and beautiful they are! One would need a heart of stone not be moved by them.’ – Charles Causley

‘Andrei Navrozov is an exception among present-day young poets. He is a true lyric poet.’ – Josephine Pasternak

‘Awe is scarcely too strong a word . . . [Navrozov’s versions] have given me, for the first time, some notion of what Pasternak is like in the original.’ – Roy Fuller

‘Andrei Navrozov’s versions are among the best as far as outright poetic quality is concerned . . . These renditions of such famous poems succeed in conveying an impression close to that of the originals.’ - World Literature Today 

BORIS PASTERNAK (1890 – 1960), the son of a pianist and artist, attended university in Moscow and Germany before the turmoil of the First World War and the Russian Revolution forced him to work within the Soviet state. He first made his name as a poet but later worked as a translator and writer of prose. His first work of fiction, Povest (published by Peter Owen as The Last Summer) was published in 1934 and was followed in 1958 by Dr Zhivago. He declined to accept the Nobel Prize for Literature the same year following pressure from the Soviet authorities.

ANDREI NAVROZOV is an acclaimed writer, translator and poet. He has recently completed a cultural and political portrait of contemporary Italy, Italian Carousel: Scenes of Internal Exile also published by Peter Owen.

Product Description

  • ISBN 978 0 7206 1192 2
  • Poetry
  • 120pp
  • Paperback
  • £9.95
  • Available

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