THE RATCATCHER at Pushkin House

Marina Tsvetaeva’s

narrative poem The Ratcatcher (Krysolov) is
placed at the summit of Russian poetry of the 20th century.
‘No praise is high enough for the miracle that it is’ wrote Boris Pasternak.

Using the bare bones of what English readers know as the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, it is a vehement satire on the search for material prosperity. According to its canonical English translator Angela Livingstone ‘it must be the angriest celebration of music ever written’


Valentina Polukhina

Angela Livingstone

Larissa Itina

Kristin Milward

Malcolm Ward

Stephen Omer

Jeremy Browne and

Richard Evans.

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