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Monday 30 January 2006

Gennady Aygi

Pierre Joris's fine blog, Nomadics continues to be the source of much interesting stuff. A few days ago he mentioned Mikrolithen sinds, Steinchen, the volume of Paul Celan's posthumous prose writings that came out in 2005 (Pierre, as you'll recall, is a skilled translator of Celan's poetry).


More pressingly, last Thursday, and again today, Pierre reports on the plight of Gennady Aygi, the major Chuvash poet of our times, now in his early seventies, who is very ill.


PEN — which is already helping Gennady with a gift from their emergency fund — would be happy to collect and pass through additional contributions from individuals [the] deadline for contributions ... February 15 ... money sent to PEN for this purpose should be clearly earmarked for the "FTW emergency fund/Gennady support." Send donations to:

PEN American Center
FTW emergency fund/Gennady support
588 Broadway #303
New York, NY 10012


PEN in Germany has set up a donation account to help Ajgis family with the hospital bill:

Commerzbank of Darmstadt; Germany
IBAN: DE 3750 8400 050 - 130808907
BIC: COBADEFFXXX

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