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The Left-Handed One

Poems by Lyubomir Levchev

by (author) Lyubomir Levchev

translated by John Robert Colombo & Nikola Roussanoff

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Mar 1977
General, General, Russian & Former Soviet Union
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 1977
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The Left-Handed One is a collection (the first in English) of the poems of Lyubomir Levchev, an internationally known and widely read Bulgarian poet who has been described (by Lilyana Stephanova) as "the most contemporary of our contemporary poets." Here is a poetry in which the private vision serves the public good, in which the revolutionary spirit is harnessed for pragmatic purposes. These forty-four poems were translated by John Robert Colombo, a Toronto poet and editor, and Nikola Roussanoff, a Canadian writer of Bulgarian background.

About the authors

Lyubomir Levchev was born in Troyan, Bulgaria, in 1935 and is regarded as one of the great poets of Eastern Europe. He has served as Chairman of the Union of Bulgarian Writers, First Deputy Minister for Culture of Bulgaria, and Editor-in-Chief of Literaturen Front. His has been awarded the Gold Medal for Poetry of the French Academy and received the honorary title of "Knight of Poetry" from the French Government.

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John Robert Colombo, who edited and annotated Worlds in Small, is known as the Master Gatherer for his many compilations of the lore and literature of Canada. Colombo has complied, translated, and written over eighty books. He co-translated into English five books of Bulgarian literature, not to mention books of verse originally written in Hungarian, Romanian, Polish, etc. In the field of native studies he has compiled Windigo, Poems of the Inuit, Songs of the Indians, and Songs of the Great Land. Among his large-scale literary anthologies are The Poets of Canada and Colombo’s Book of Canada. He edited Other Canada, the country’s first anthology of science fiction and fantasy, and beginning with Mysterious Canada, he has written or complied six books of Paranormal Canadiana. These books, plus media appearances, have earned him the title "Canada’s Mr. Mystery."

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Nikola Roussanoff, a native Bulgarian, is a graduate of the University of Toronto.

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