November 15, 2022
A great library of Japanese poetry in translation by Alexander Dolin published with support from ICF
A unique eight-volume collection of classical Japanese poetry, published with support from the International Chodiev Foundation, was presented yesterday in Moscow at the National Research University Higher School of Economics. The series covers a period of almost a millennium and a half, from ancient times to the present day, and is a unique compilation in the world of literary translation.
The richly illustrated series provides an exceptional panorama of Japanese poetry in terms of scale and genre and stylistic diversity. The publication is complemented by extensive introductory articles, appendices and comments.
Alexander Dolin is a renowned specialist of Japanese studies, poet, writer, translator, and author of more than 60 books, and a recipient of numerous Russian and Japanese awards. Dolin is also a professor at the School of Oriental Studies, Higher School of Economics, and an honorary professor at Akita International University where he has been teaching Russian and Japanese literature, comparative culture, and the history of world civilisations for more than a quarter of a century.
Guests of the evening enjoyed tanka, haiku, Zen poetic meditations in the form of kanshi and rhymed poems of other forms, as well as ancient Japanese music, art and ikebana.