Fearlessness in search of truth and non-participation in the "Great Madness" 07/01/2018 automatic translate
MOSCOW. Poetry award Anthologia was awarded to Pauline Barskova.
Award Anthologia, established by the magazine "New World", is given to poets and literary critics since 2004. In different years, her laureates were Oleg Chukhontsev, Bakhyt Kenzheev, Dmitry Bykov, Lev Losev, Vladimir Gandelman. In 2017, the winner was named Polina Barskova for the collection of poems "Air Alarm", published in Latvia. The goal of the project "Literature without Borders", specializing in publishing Russian poetry, is cooperation with poets and translators, assistance in publishing books, preserving cultural dialogue, and providing comfortable conditions for creativity. In the village of Ozolnieki, 3 km from Jelgava, in the spring of 2016 a residence was opened for authors who decided to cooperate with Literature Without Borders.
In the new collection of Barskova, highly praised by the jury, the key theme of her work is not touched upon - the tragedy of the besieged Leningrad. But this is still the same study of human destinies, crushed by the cataclysms of the last century. Such heroes include Zinaida Gippius, who categorically rejected the revolution and emigrated from Russia. The role of the dvoechnitsy in the "strict school of darkness" seemed less evil than participation in the "Great Madness". Despite the cold of loneliness and ostracism of society after Merezhkovsky’s famous performance.
Barskova is fearless in search of truth, which does not coincide with the generally accepted interpretation, and answers to uncomfortable questions. She also teaches the same to her students at Hampshire College in Amherst. Lectures Barskova, which is always sold out, - familiarity with Russian literature of the XIX and XX centuries, the analysis of the most complex texts without discounts on age and ignorance, inspiring atmosphere of creativity. Enthusiastic reviews of students who created the Hampshire Group of Poets (Hampshire Poetry Group).
Her native city, which she left 20 years ago, remains in her soul, books, studies of the fate of the intelligentsia during the blockade, in attempts to reconstruct the tragedy that took hundreds of thousands of human lives. Camerton in search of truth - memories of Lydia Ginzburg, Pavel Saltsman, Olga Berggolts, Elena Schwarz, George Knyazev and archival documents - piercing evidence of the trauma.