Inna Lisnianskaya was born in Baku in 1928. For many years her work went unpublished in the Soviet Union although she is now recognised in her native land as one of its foremost writers, and a worthy recipient of both the State Prize and the Solzhenitsyn Prize.
Lisnianskaya is a poet of instinct — lyrical, intense, defiant, tragic — in whose poetry time, death and the need for love are key themes. In Far from Sodom, which spans her poetic output from 1967 to 2003, she writes with tender insight into love and loss in old age, and in particular about her late husband, the celebrated poet Semyon Lipkin.
In his sensitive and compelling new translation, in Russian/English parallel text, Daniel Weissbort offers English-language readers the opportunity of becoming acquainted with the work of this passionate, honest and totally human poet.
ISBN 1-901614-14-0 Published 2005