translated by Bill Johnston
Poetry | $8 $6
The Song of Igor’s Campaign is one of the foundational works of Russian literature. In muscular, expressive language it describes the disastrous campaign of 1185 waged by Prince Igor of Chernigov against the pagan Polovtsians. Part martial epic, part lament, and part political diatribe, the Song is a unique and gripping poem. The controversy surrounding the authenticity of the text—is it an original 12th-century oral epic or a brilliant 18th-century fabrication?—only add to the fascination. This new translation by Bill Johnston captures the poetry and energy of the original.
The artist Yulya Deych of Olympia, Washington, created a series of three distinct cover designs for this chapbook and printed each in a limited edition of 115 using photolithographic plates and hand-set type on Rives Heavyweight paper. Each cover was hand-torn and initialed by the artist
Eastern European Poets Series #11.