Authors of the Month: the Poets of the Stray Dog Cafe

The Stray Dog Café in St Petersburg closed its doors a century ago, having hosted in the meantime all the best Russian poets of the era – Akhmatova, Mandelstam, Mayakovsky, Khlebnikov, Esenin, Blok, Tsvetaeva, Pasternak – who met, drank, read, and shot the bull in its dingy basement bar. In celebration, the Poets of the Stray Dog are our Authors of the Month for March.

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Volodya: Selected Works

Vladimir Mayakovsky, edited by Rosy Carrick

Sophie Pinkham writes:

When Vladimir Mayakovsky shot himself in 1930, some Soviet writers interpreted it as an act of protest: stifled by political censorship, he couldn’t go on. In the ...

£14.99

The Stray Dog Cabaret: A Book of Russian Poems

translated by Paul Schmidt, introduction by Catherine Ciepiela, afterword by Honor Moore

From the publisher:

Eight world-class twentieth-century Russian poets brought to new life in Schmidt’s scintillating translations.

£8.99

The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

Anna Andreevna Akhmatova, introduction by Roberta Reeder, translated by Judith Hemschemeyer

From the publisher:

The greatest, most comprehensive, and best translated edition of one of the twentieth century’s greatest and most relevant poets.

£32.00

Pro Eto: That’s What

Vladimir Mayakovsky, translated by George Hyde and Larissa Gureyeva, illustrated by Alexander Rodchenko

From the publisher:

Vladimir Mayakovsky was one of the towering literary figures of pre- and post revolutionary Russia, speaking as much to the working man as to other poets. Part love poem, ...

$19.99

Poems by Esenin

Sergei Esenin, translated by Charles Brasch and Peter Soskice, cover design or artwork by Wayne Seyb

£10.00

Bride of Ice: New Selected Poems

Marina TSvetaeva, translated by Elaine Feinstein

From the publisher:

Includes the pieces “Girlfriend”, “New Year’s Greetings”, “On a Red Horse”, “Wires” and “Poem of the End”.

£14.95