War of the Beasts and the Animals is Russian poet Maria Stepanova’s first full English-language collection. Stepanova is one of Russia’s most innovative and exciting poets and thinkers, and founding editor of Colta.ru, an online independent site which has been compared to Huffington Post in its status and importance. Immensely high-profile in Russia, her reputation has lagged behind in the West, but with the 2021 Fitzcarraldo publication of her prize-winning documentary novel In Memory of Memory and her new poetry collection from Bloodaxe this is sure to change.
Translator, Sasha Dugdale, performed and ran a workshop at our second Verve Festival in 2018. It was wonderful to meet her, hear her read and to have her with us!
Date: 1st March 2021
Extent: 128 pp