Classification – name: Literary studies
Pages: 527–540
Publisher: A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IWL RAS Publ.)
Rights – description: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 (СС BY-ND)
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Language of the publication: Russian
Type of document: Research Article
Collection: Sergey Esenin in the Context of the Epoch
Year of publication: 2021
Place of publication: Moscow


Author: Olga B. Kafanova
Kafanova, O. B. “New in the French Reception of Sergey Esenin: «The Black Man» by Henri Abril.” Sergey Esenin in the Context of the Epoch: Сollective Мonograph. Ex. ed. Natalia I. Shubnikova-Guseva. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2021, pp. 527–540. (In Russian)

About the author:

Olga B. Kafanova, DSc in Philology, Professor, Professor, St. Petersburg Institute of Business and Innovation, Gavanskaya 3, 199106 St. Petersburg, Russia.

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The article examines the author’s collection of poetry by Sergey Esenin published in France, that was owned by Henri Abril, a poet, a translator and a critic. The bilingual anthology “The Black Man” (“L’Homme noir”), which appeared in 2005 and was republished in 2015, offers the most extensive collection of Esenin’s poems in France (90), of which 50 are new texts. The introductory article “The Myths of Sergey Esenin”, which draws a portrait of the most widely read Russian poet at the present time and gives a rather thorough analysis of his work, is distinguished by its independent value.

Keywords: S. A. Esenin, A. Abril, author’s collection, translations into French, criticism.