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The Fire Horse: Children's Poems by Vladimir Mayakovsky, Osip Mandelstam andDaniil Kharms by

The Fire Horse: Children’s Poems by Vladimir Mayakovsky, Osip Mandelstam andDaniil Kharms

The Fire Horse: Children's Poems by Vladimir Mayakovsky, Osip Mandelstam andDaniil Kharms by
Mar 14, 2017 | 48 Pages
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“The original illustrations, particularly by Lidia Popova to Mayakovsky and Boris Ender to Mandelstam, are richly rewarding, and the book will delight adult readers who don’t know Russian as well as the three-to-nine year olds at whom the publishers direct it.” —Catriona Kelly, TLS

“Rendered in a jubilant, spirited English, these narrative poems are accompanied by their original and beloved avant-garde illustrations…. If today’s readers want to empower their children to construct a better world from the miserable resources of the present one, the crafty poems of Fire Horse are necessary literature.” —Ania Aizman, The New Yorker Page-Turner

“Pictures by Popova, Ender, and Konashevich, respectively, are wondrous to behold in their own right and as precursors to mid-20th-century Western picture-book art…A glimpse into Soviet children’s-book illustration.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The early Soviet period was a miraculously rich time for children’s books and their illustration. . . The illustrations [to Mandelstam’s Two Trams] display great elegance. The artist, Boris Ender, plays with a very limited palette of colours—black, red and grey, with the occasional touch of light brown—and with simplified shapes, especially the recurring sweep of parallel tramlines. It’s a lovely example of less doing more.” —Philip Pullman

“A lesser-known product of early Soviet support for the arts was the breathtaking flowering of Soviet children’s literature, as witnessed by NYRB’s The Fire Horse, with its faithful reproductions of three books from 1925 to 1930.” —Ainsley Morse, Los Angeles Review of Books

“In The Fire Horse, which brings together six poets and illustrators from 1920s Soviet Russia, beautifully packaged by New York Review Books, it is not the ideology that excites, but the artistic craftsmanship, and the reflection of everyday life at the time….So arrestingly ahead of its time, The Fire Horse is testament to the necessity of translation and intercultural exposure; writers cannot possibly guess at the future of their field without discovering these hidden revolutions and inventions which have shaped and will continue to shape it. We have a duty to read any literature bequeathed by past cultures or political systems, in part to debunk any simplistic narratives of that culture or system which might prevail in our own. Ostashevsky, who was born in Leningrad but migrated to New York in 1979, understands this, and has approached these poems with both respect and a view to making them very accessible; The Fire Horse is, to put it simply, another world, alive.” —James Antoniou, Modern Poetry in Translation

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