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A bit of an off topic request 
26th-Nov-2004 09:50 pm
Hi Everyone,

This question doesn't have anything to do with travel, but I thought one of you might be able to point me in the right direction.

When my dad was young and growing up in Sarajevo there was this woman that would recite poetry to him while he was helping in the kitchen of his family's restaurant. He once told me about the poet and how moved he was at such a young age by this poetry.

I was hoping to find a book of the poetry and give it to my dad as a gift. The problem is that I can't remember the name of the poet! I don't want to ask my dad because he'll know I'm up to something and I want it to be a surprise.

I think the poet was Russian and apparantly the last poem he wrote was in is own blood while he committed suicide. Does that ring a bell for anyone?

Thanks, and sorry for the non-travel related post.

28th-Nov-2004 07:42 pm (UTC)
Hey, no problem about the off-topic post. Since your dad is from Sarajevo, we can count it as on topic... ;-). I did a quick internet search, and the Russian poet who seems to have killed himself and written a poem in his own blood is Sergei Esenin, according to this link.

Poetry books by Sergei Esenin in English translation are available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. If your dad still speaks Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, you can buy it in a Serbian online bookstore http://www.knjizara.com/ if you search for Jesenjin. "pesme" means poems, if you don't know. This explains in English how to shop on the site. To get to the help link, just click on English button and the Help link near the shopping basket button. Hope this helps you...
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