Complied by Oleg Yuriev
Leningrad Chrestomathy: a small anthology of great Leningrad poems


Reflecting on the publication of this anthology, the poet Oleg Yuryev, its compiler, wrote: "We are talking about the explicit and hidden history of Leningrad/St. Petersburg poetry and, more broadly, culture; we are talking about creating a certain context for understanding it; finally we are talking about what we will take with us "from Leningrad to St. Petersburg" from the Soviet era. The issue is far from resolved, and the future largely depends on its solution." It was one of Oleg Yuryev's favorite literary projects. He began thinking about the anthology in the late 1990s, and the last essay was written in late 2017. Almost twenty years of crystallization of the idea: to create an image of Leningrad poetry from 1924 to 1991. The anthology contains poems by twenty-six authors: Mikhail Kuzmin, Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam, Benedikt Livshits, Daniil Kharms, Alexander Vvedensky, Nikolai Oleynikov, Nikolai Zabolotsky, Konstantin Vaginov, Andrey Nikolev, Sergey Petrov, Alik Rivin, Gennady Gor, Pavel Salzman, Dmitry Maksimov, Mikhail Eremin, Viktor Sosnora, Yevgeny Rein, Leonid Aronzon, Joseph Brodsky, Sergei Wolf, Oleg Grigoriev, Elena Schwartz, Alexander Mironov, Sergey Stratanovsky, and Oleg Yuryev. The accompanying texts were written by Oleg Yuryev, Elena Shvarts, Valery Shubinsky, Olga Martynova and Polina Barskova. Foreword by Olga Martynova. The design and layout of the book, as well as the selection of images of the city, was carried out by Yevgeny Grigoriev.

ISBN 978-5-89059-414-3