This will be yet another memorable Onam for Jnanpith-winning poet O.N.V. Kurup. Malayalam’s beloved poet is all set to witness the release of a collection of 50 of his poems, translated into Russian, at Moscow on September 20.
Being brought out by the Moscow-based Institute of World Literature, the collection has been titled One Sun, One Sky, One Earth.
The collection has selections from his widely read and appreciated collections such as Ee Puraathana Kinnaram, Uppu, and Bhoomikkoru Charamageetham besides a poem on Tolstoy. The volume, which opens and ends with poems on Russia’s iconic poet Pushkin, has articles on ONV and his works. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has authored the introduction the book.
“I take this as an Onam present for me from the Russian Writers’ Union,” the poet told The Hindu.
This, he said, was the first time that a collection of his poems in translation was being published in Russian.
“So far, all the Russian translations have been of individual works,” he said.
ONV will reach Russia on September 18 and will be in the country for the following 10 days.
During his stay, he will address literary gatherings at the Pushkin Institutes in Moscow and St. Petersburg and deliver a lecture at the Department of Letters of Moscow University.