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A.M. Gorky Institute
of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences

IWL RAS Publishing

A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences


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Types of publications

  • Classification – name: Literary studies
  • Author: Valentin A. Kogonia
  • Pages: 501–515
  • 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: Abkhazia in Russian Literature of the 19th — 20th Centuries: in 3 vols. Vol. 2
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  • Year of publication: 2023
  • Place of publication: Moscow
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  • Kogonia, V.A. “Lyrics by B. Shinkuba in Russian Translations: the Problem of Conservation of Content and Form.” Abkhaziia v russkoi slovesnosti XIX–XX vv.: v 3 t. [Abkhazia in Russian Literature of the 19th–20th Centuries: in 3 vols.], vol. 2, ex. ed. M.I. Shcherbakova. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2023, pp. 501–515. (In Russian)

Information about the author:

Valentin A. Kogonia, DSc in Philology, Professor, Academician at the Academy of Sciences of Abkhazia, Head of the Folklore Department, Abkhazian Institute for Humanities Research named after D.I. Gulia under the Academy of Sciences of Abkhazia, Aidgulara 44, 384900 Sukhumi, Republic of Abkhazia.

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The article is devoted to the problem of preserving the content of a poetic text and its formal features in literary translation. The translations of several works of the national poet of Abkhazia B. Shinkuba, a true reformer of the Abkhaz verse, belonging to different lyrical genres, are analyzed: “Autumn Garden” (B. Brik), “Rivers” (R. Kazakova), “She is not old, but strange ...” (B. Akhmadulina). It is shown how the metric-rhythmic structure, the system of epithets, comparisons, metaphorical images, their colorfulness and plasticity were preserved during translation into Russian. The individual poetic style of translators is noted, their various techniques that convey important components of the work, without which it would lose its artistic value, would not meet the content and poetic requirements of the original. It is emphasized that in the matter of familiarizing the Russian reader with Abkhazian poetry, the creative community and cooperation of the poet and translator, the preservation of the rich and long-standing creative traditions of the Russian translation school were of great importance.

  • Keywords: Bagrat Shinkuba, R. Kazakova, B. Akhmadulina Abkhaz verse, poetic translation.


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