Glagoslav Publications Presents the First Landmark Collection of Selected Poetry in English by the Legendary Singer, Songwriter and Poet Vladimir Vysotsky


Amongst Russians and people of the former USSR, legendary singer, songwriter and poet Vladimir Vysotsky is loved and admired like no other. His songs championed the underdog, and even today, forty years after his death at a tragically young age, people in countries as far apart as Bulgaria and Kazakhstan weep at the mere mention of his name. Yet remarkably this is the first landmark collection of his lyrics and poetry in English.

The translators set themselves the hard task of translating Vysotsky’s songs as first of all songs, not poetry, enabling readers to perform them in English. This collection of lyrics also includes sample sheet music for three Vysotsky’s songs. Vysotsky himself used the seven string guitar; the songs are adapted here to the western six string classical guitar by John Farndon and West-End singer Anthony Cable.

This bilingual volume gives a chance to enjoy Vysotsky’s works both in English and Russian, just by flipping the book over. Please note that the e-books follow a conventional arrangement: the lyrics in the Russian language follow the English translations.

About The Author:

Born in January 25, 1938 in a family of a German-language translator and a military officer, Vladimir Vysotsky was an iconic Soviet singer-songwriter, poet, and actor. He attended the Institute of Civil Engineering (1955-1956) before joining Moscow Art Theatre School. He graduated in 1960 to become a professional actor. He met his first wife Iza Zhukova in 1956, when both were theatre institute students. From 1964 he was a member of Moscow Theatre of Drama and Comedy in the Taganka theatre. Vysotsky met his second wife Lyudmila Abramova in 1961, whom he married in 1965 and had two sons, Arkady and Nikita. In 1969 he married Marina Vlady, a French actress of Russian descent, who worked at Mosfilm at the time they met. They had to maintain a long-distance relationship for ten years.

Vysotsky was featured in several films and on television. Known for his “raspy” voice, Vysotsky was probably the most prolific songwriter of his generation, covering a wide-range of themes from the criminal underworld, peace and war, to everyday Soviet life, love and friendship. Vysotsky was an immensely popular figure who continued to be revered long after his death. He died from a heart attack at the age of 42 on July 24, 1980 in Moscow.

Title: Vladimir Vysotsky: Selected Works

Author: Vladimir Vysotsky

Translator: John Farndon with Olga Nakston

Publisher: Glagoslav Publications

Language: English

ISBN: 9781914337635, 9781914337642, 9781914337659

Extent: 242 pages

Price: €24.99 (PB), €29.99 (HB), €9.95 (e-book)

Format: paperback, hardback, e-book

Review copies are available upon request.

Glagoslav Publications

Maxim Hodak

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Publications Division participates in the 40th Sharjah International Book Fair

Government of India’s premier publishing house Publications Division presents its publications at the Mega Book Fair being held at Expo Centre Sharjah, UAE from 3rd -13th November, 2021

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Consul General of India in Dubai, Dr. Aman Puri writing words of appreciation for Publications Division (DPD) at the inauguration of DPD stall at SIBF 2021

The Consul General of India in Dubai, Dr. Aman Puri with Consul (Press, Information, Culture and Labour) Smt. Tadu Mamu inaugurated Publications Division’s stall at the 40th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF 2021) today. Dr. Puri appreciated Publications Division’s contribution in the field of publishing saying, “Publications Division has been making a significant contribution to publishing high quality books on a variety of subjects,” and gave best wishes for future endeavours.

India leads the international participation in SIBF 2021 with 87 publishers, including Publications Division, among 1566 publishers presenting their books at the fair. The much awaited international book fair brings celebrated authors and stalwarts like Amitav Ghosh, Chetan Bhagat and child prodigy from America Gitanjali Rao, an inventor, scientist, STEM promoter, and the first child to be featured by Time magazine in 2020 as ‘Kid of the Year’, under one roof.

Continuing the celebrations of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Publications Division will be offering the readers and books enthusiasts with more than 150 books on history of Indian freedom struggle and freedom fighters. The readers will also get to explore books and magazines in different Indian languages on themes such as art and culture, history of India, eminent personalities, language and literature, Gandhian literature, religion and philosophy and children’s literature, along with premium books on Rashtrapati Bhawan and Prime Minister’s speeches, published exclusively by the Publications Division.

Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India is participating in the 40th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF 2021), one of the most acclaimed book fairs of the world. The 11-day international book fair, organised by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), is being held from November 3-13, 2021 at Expo Centre Sharjah, UAE and will host a stellar lineup of literary luminaries from around the world, including 2021 Nobel Laureate for Literature, Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah and screenwriters of Netflix blockbuster series ‘Money Heist’. This year’s theme is ‘There’s always a right book’.

The star-studded event will witness participation of 85 writers and intellectuals who will lead the fair’s 970 events and activities including literary discussions, workshops, conferences, seminars, cultural shows, concerts, theatre and much more. Food lovers will also get a chance to meet Chef Kunal Kapur at the SIBF Cookery Corner.

Publications Division is exhibiting its publications at Stall number ZA5 in Hall Number 7 at Expo Centre Sharjah, UAE.

Directorate of Publications Division is a repository of books and journals which highlight the subjects of national importance and India’s rich cultural heritage. Established in 1941, Publications Division is a premier publishing house of Government of India offering books and journals in different languages and on diverse themes like development, Indian history, culture, literature, biographies, science, technology, environment, and employment. The Division enjoys credibility among readers and publishers and is well recognized for the authenticity of content as well as reasonable price of its publications.

Division’s flagship publications include popular monthly journals such Yojana, Kurukshetra and Aajkal as well as weekly employment newspapers ‘Employment News’ and ‘Rozgar Samachar’. In addition to this, Publications Division also publishes Government’s prestigious reference annual ‘India Year Book’.



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