Gennady Aygi (1934-2006) is considered one of Russia’s foremost avant-garde writers. He was born in the remote village of Shaymurzino in the Chuvash republic and moved to Moscow in 1953 to study at the Literary Institute. After encouragement from Boris Pasternak, he stopped writing in his native Chuvash language and began to write in Russian, which he did from 1960 until his death. Though Aygi’s poetry was not published in the Soviet Union until the 1980s, during the latter part of his life his work became well known and widely translated. He was the Chuvash National Poet, and received many honors for his work. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize on multiple occasions.
Reviews of books by Gennady Aygi
Into the Snow