Ian Probstein

Ian Probstein's Mandelstam translations: videos

from Centuries Encircle Me with Fire: Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam. (Academic Studies Press, 2022)

"Stalin's Epigram" (November 1933) read in the original Russian by Ian Probstein, 2014. See notes on and translations of this poem by Probstein and others at Jacket2."Stalin's Epigram" (1:04): MP3

Sign Under Test: Russian/English selected poems as phone app, tr. Ian Probstein

Sign Under Test, a selected poems, tr. into Russian by Ian Probstein, bilingual, published as an Android and IOS app: as you read each poems you listen to a sound recording in English or Russian, made by me and Ian Probstein for this publication. 

IOS app
Android app

'Truth in the Body of Falsehood:' Ian Probstein interviews Charles Bernstein on 9/11, translation, and amorality

This interview was first published Gefter. in Russian, on Sept. 11, 2015. Arcade published the interview and an accomanying essay by Ian Probstein, on Nov. 12. 2015: the essay is linked here.  See also at Arcade “In Imploded Sentences: On Charles Bernstein’s Poetic Attentions” by Enikö Bollobásin (written for the Janua Pannonious Prize: linked here).  A one hour TV with Probstein and Bernstein is on PennSound: linked here

Ian Probstein: Three translations of Osip Mandelstam's 'Stalin's Epigram'

Komer & Melamid, Stalin in Front of Mirror (Tempera and oil on canvas, 72”X48”, 1982-83)

It is said that a translator is like a spy: if everything is fine, the author of the original is praised and the translator is barely noticed; if not, the translator is blamed. Having that in mind, I am going to discuss several translations of Osip Mandelstam’s “Stalin’s Epigram”, which cost him two exiles and eventually, life.

Osip Mandelstam (1891-1938) led an unsettled life full of tribulations, wandering and exile. After his Stalin’s epigram of 1933, for which the dictator, who used to say that “vengeance is best when served cold,” never forgave the poet.

Breaking Through: TV interview show with Charles Bernstein & Ian Probstein

host: WJ. O'Reilly

These excerpts are from a 50-minute interview with Charles Bernstein and Ian Probstein on Breaking Through, with W.J. O'Reilly, on eGarage.TV, June 17, 2011.

Full episode here

From Attack of the Difficult Poems: Essays and Inventions

"The Difficult Poem" (excerpt)

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