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A Very Athletic Person

T.J. Binyon, 26 May 1994

Strolls with Pushkin 
by Abram Tertz, translated by Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy and Slava Yastremski.
Yale, 175 pp., £17.95, February 1994, 0 300 05279 0
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... of 1828, he writes of ‘Madame Kern, whom with God’s help I [will fuck] in a day or two’. Slava Yastremski is even more straitlaced: in his note on Anna Kern he states that they only met twice – in 1819 and 1825. Apart from the meeting Pushkin adumbrates in his letter, they continued to be acquainted throughout the 1830s.) But the discrepancy ...

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