Books: Periscope of The Buried Dead

NOSTALGIA FOR THE PRESENT by Andrei Voznesensky Edited by Vera Dunham and Max Hayward Doubleday; 268 pages; $10 hardcover, $4.95 paperback

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations spans some 5,000 years, from the Egyptian Book of the Dead (circa 3500 B.C.) to the verse of Andrei Voznesensky (born 1933). The book ends are astonishingly apposite. The King Tut exhibition demonstrates that ancient art has modern resonance. Nostalgia for the Present proves that Russia's contemporary poet tells ageless parables.

Voznesensky's tenth book reinforces his reputation as a major lyricist and enhances his role as...

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