Victor Sklyarov

Victor Sklyarov
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The English language has been my love since school. I was fascinated by the diversity of meanings that may be implied in one phrase. I discovered it reading Translator’s Notebooks – a brilliant periodical with poetry and prose translations criticism. School was quite a chore to me and instead of making lessons I read books only slightly related to subjects studied: Dostoyevskiy, Shakespeare (in Russian translation – it was next to impossible to find his works in English at that time) , books on theory of relativity, history, etc. And, of course, I wrote poems in Russian. Later I burnt them all. Once I rhymed my composition. It was then that I made my first translation – Hamlet’s soliloquy. ... more »

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I really do believe
In immortality of Word.
Once said it starts to live
When ceases to be heard,

It only may be observed,
Becomes the personage of endless play
Staged at the theatre named World,
Some for the centuries, some for a day.

Thus Oedipus is no longer king
And Hamlet’s not involved in killing
They are the notions we bring
Expressing feeling.

I start to contemplate
About my fate
So drastically changed
Just by few lines exchanged.
Of all the accidents
I know not precedent.

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