Magazine article Russian Life

Death of a Poet: Gennady Aigi

Magazine article Russian Life

Death of a Poet: Gennady Aigi

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Gennady Aigi, one of Russia's most respected poets, passed away in February at the age of 72, after a difficult illness.

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Aigi was born in the village of Shaymurzino, Chuvashia in 1934. His father was a rural teacher and translator of Pushkin into the Chuvash language. Aigi began to have his poems published in 1949, in Chuvash newspapers, and in 1953 he entered the Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow, studying under Mikhail Svetlov, among others.

His first book of Chuvash poems appeared in 1958, for which he was expelled from the institute for "writing a book of enemy poems, which undermined socialist realism." Nonetheless, in 1959, Aigi successfully defended his diploma in translation.

From 1961 to 1971, Aigi worked as a bibliographer in the Mayakovsky Museum in Moscow. At the same time, he did translation work and, in 1968, published in Chuvash an anthology of French poetry of the 15th-20th centuries. For this work, he was awarded the title Commander of the Order of Literary Art by the government of France. …

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