The Blockade Swallow by Olga Berggolts

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The Blockade Swallow is a representative selection of Berggolts’ work from 1925-60 – the NEP years, the Terror (when she was imprisoned for two yeatrs), War and Blockade, to the Zhdanovshchina and the Thaw, bearing eloquent witness to some of the most tragic events of the twentieth century. Veniamin Gushchin’s translations beautifully capture the defiance, anguish and vulnerability of her poetry for English readers.