D. M. Thomas

D.M. Thomas is a novelist, poet, and critic, and also one of the preeminent translators of Russian poetry. He lives in England.

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Anna Akhmatova (1889–1966) was part of that magnificent and tragic generation of Russian artists which came to first maturity before 1917, and which then had to come to terms with official discouragement and often persecution. You Will Hear Thunder brings together for the first time all D.M. Thomas’s translations of her poems.

“D.M. Thomas is a poet in his own right, and…a sensitive translator of [Akhmatova]. Thomas refers to the ‘rich mysterious fluid life’ that her poetry has.… From his strong yet cautious rhythms, his solid musical phrasing, one [can] intuit the dark elegance of the original.”

Yorkshire Post




Anna Akhmatova (1889–1966) was part of that magnificent and in many ways tragic generation of Russian artists which came to first maturity before 1917, and which then had to come to terms with official discouragement and often persecution. As D.M. Thomas points out in his introduction, practically none of her poetry was published between 1923 and 1940. Her poetic range was wide, from the transparent anonymity of “Requiem” to the symphonic complexity of “Poem without a Hero.”

“Akhmatova’s example reminds us that while it is true that the writer cannot change the world alone, the world cannot change itself without her.”

Margaret Holly, poet, The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal