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GSLL Hosts Noted Russian Translator Alexander Cigale

Alexander Cigale of Queens College, the CUNY system, New York City, visited the University Park campus from 28 to 31 January. On Monday he gave a talk in the Comparative Literature Luncheon Series, "On the Evolution of an Absurdist Proto-Existentialist: the Physical, Mental, and Spiritual in the Art of Daniil Kharms (1905-1942)," gave that afternoon, together with Andrew Singer, a reading from his translations for the forthcoming Russian Ballet edition of Trafika Europe, and on Tuesday was a guest in the translation seminar of Dr. Adrian Wanner.

Alex Cigale’s first full book is Russian Absurd: Daniil Kharms, Selected Writings, which appeared in 2017 in the Northwestern World Classics series, is . In 2015, he was awarded an NEA Fellowship in Literary Translation, for his work on the poet of the St. Petersburg philological school, Mikhail Eremin, and guest edited the Spring 2015 Russia Issue of the Atlanta Review, blogging about it for one week on Best American Poetry. His own poems in English have appeared in the Colorado Review, The Common Online, and The Literary Review, and his translations of classic, Silver Age, and contemporary Russian poetry in Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, New England Review, PEN America, TriQuarterly, The Hopkins Review, Two Lines, Words Without Borders, and World Literature in Today. He is the guest editor of the Penn State affiliated Trafika Europe Russian Ballet issue. 

Cigale's visit was sponsored by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Department of Comparative Literature