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|Alexei Purin is a poet, essayist and literary critic. He has headed
the poetry section of the leading St. Petersburg literary review Zvezda
(‘The Star’) since 1989. Since 1995 he has edited Urbi, a bimonthly
Purin’s first book of poems contains the much-discussed cycle ‘Eurasia’
(1985), which deals with his years of military service in Karelia on the
Finnish border. In 1998 he published Arcaica, a collection of his
poems written between 1973 and 1988, which won several literary prizes.
of Euterpe (1996), a collection of essays on 20th-century Russian poetry,
also won an award.
Selections from Purin’s poetry have appeared in English, Italian, Polish
and Dutch translation.
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