2021 №21

Author: Roman D. Timenchik
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Roman D. Timenchik — PhD in Philology, Professor Emeritus, Hebrew University, Mt. Scopus, 91905 Jerusalem, Israel.

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Articles from the author’s cycle “From the Name Index to Akhmatova's Notebooks” demonstrate the experience of extensive commentary on Akhmatova's working notes, organized around the names of characters entered on her notebooks’ pages. It is a kind of free Akhmatova encyclopedia, where the onomasticon combines different times of her long life. This (fifty-first in the cycle) article is organized around the “German theme” and is dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the outstanding philologist Konstantin Azadovsky and concerns the characters, one way or another, touched upon in his scientific works. These are poets-Germanophones (V. Zubov, R.M. Rilke), translators of Akhmatova's poems into German (I. von Gunther, Felix Zelinsky, Frans Leschnitzer, Maximilian Schick), a German visitor (Heinrich Böll).

Keywords: Anna Akhmatova, Notebooks, translation, German, Konstantin Azadovsky, Valentin Zubov, Rainer Maria Rilke, Hans Gunther, Felix Zelinsky, Franz Leschnitzer, Maximilian Schick, Heinrich Böll.
For citation:

Timenchik, R. “From the Name Index to Akhmatova's Notebooks: To German.” Literaturnyi fakt, no. 3 (21), 2021, pp. 326–351. (In Russ.)  


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2. Azadovskii, K.M. “Maksimilian Shik i ego pis'ma iz Germanii (1903 –1907)” [“Maximilian Schick and his letters from Germany (1903 –1907)”]. Azadovskii, K. Siuzhety i sud'by. Nemetsko-russkie otrazheniia [ Plots and Destinies. German-Russian Reflections]. Moscow, Litfakt Publ., 2019, pp. 140–167. (In Russ.)

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4. Bogomolov, N.A. Sobiratel'. Ivan Nikanorovich Rozanov i ego vremia [The Collector. Ivan Nikanorovich Rozanov and His Time]. Moscow, Azbukovnik Publ., 2021. 688 p. (In Russ.)

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6. Giunter I. fon. Zhizn' na vostochnom vetru: Mezhdu Peterburgom i Miunkhenom [Life on the East Wind: Across St. Petersburg and Munich], trans. from German, introd. and comm. by Iu. Arkhipov. Moscow, Molodaia gvardiia Publ., 2010. 488 p. (In Russ.)

7. Giunter I. fon. “Pod vostochnym vetrom” [“Under the East Wind”], trans. from German by T. Petrovskaia. Mosty. (Miunkhen) [ Bridges. (Munich)], vol. 15, 1970, pp. 329–348. (In Russ.)

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12. Timenchik, R. “Iz Imennogo ukazatelia k Zapisnym knizhkam Akhmatovoi” [“From the Name Index to Akhmatova's Notebooks”]. Anna Akhmatova: epokha, sud'ba, tvorchestvo: Krymskii Akhmatovskii nauch. sb. Vyp. 7: k 120-letiiu so dnia rozhdeniia poeta [ Anna Akhmatova: Era, Fate, Work: Crimean Akhmatova scientific collection. Issue 7: To the 120th Anniversary of the Poet’s Birth]. Simferopol', Krymskii Arkhiv Publ., 2009, pp. 37–82. (In Russ.)

13. Timenchik, R. “Iz Imennogo Ukazatelia k ‘Zapisnym knizhkam’ Akhmatovoi: Emil' Verkharn” [“From the Name Index to Akhmatova's ‘Notebooks’: Emile Verharn”]. Prostranstvo bezgranichnoi slovesnosti: Sb. statei k 70-letiiu Vsevoloda Evgen'evicha Bagno [ Space of Boundless Literature: Collection of Essays for the 70th Anniversary of Vsevolod Evgenievich Bagno]. St. Petersburg, Nestor-Istoriia Publ., 2021, pp. 437–447. (In Russ.)

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