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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini(8/1/2019 10:21:00 AM)

    Alexandr Skidan was born in 1965 in Saint Petersburg ['Leningrad', in Soviet Union time]. He is a Russian poet, critic, essayist and translator. Skidan attended the Free University from 1989-1992.

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini(8/1/2019 10:18:00 AM)

    Alexandr Skidan has translated contemporary American poetry and fiction into Russiаn, as well as theoretical works of Paul de Man, J. Hillis Miller, Jean-Luc Nancy, Paolo Virno, Gerald Raunig.

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RED SHIFTING (III) - [Svidrigaylov is leaving for America]

Svidrigaylov is leaving for America.

About this "departure" of his I gave a talk at the University of Iowa in 1994.

After the talk a Chilean writer
sporting a newly fashionable goatee
asked me to write down Svidrigaylov's name in the Roman alphabet.

He had read "Crime and Punishment" but didn't remember there was such a character.

Hey, you, Svidrigaylov.

What do you think of pleasure?

It is - what each person imagines for himself.

And pain?

Pain - Pain is something other than pleasure but not so much other as ...

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