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Chuvash poet Gennady Aygi (1934-2006) has died, last Thursday, of cancer. One of the outstanding Russian poets of the 20th century, his most important works remained virtually unpublished in the Soviet Union until the 1980s, by which time he had been published and translated in more than 20 countries and several times nominated for a Nobel prize. See the Guardian obituary and more background from Nomadics.

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