Books by Nikolai Popov

Released: April 1, 2018

"A most unusual book featuring counting and animal identification; whether readers will take up the invitation to enjoy it again will depend on their tolerance for the surreal. (Picture book. 3-6)"
One by one, 16 animals charge down a grassy slope in a colorful assortment of footwear. Read full book review >
KWIK & KWAK NEVER GIVE UP by Nikolai Popov
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Friendly, froggy fun. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Odd-couple frogs Kwik and Kwak are friends. Read full book review >
AMAZONIA by Daniel  Munduruku
Released: May 14, 2013

"As the reteller states in his preface, 'Myths allow us to recognize our proper role in the web of life,' but this anthology will require an intermediary who can creatively make the connections between the text and its readers. (Folk tales. 9-12)"
Twelve folk tales from various Amazonian cultures are retold, but their audience is unclear. Read full book review >
GLOTTAL STOP by Paul Celan
Released: Nov. 3, 2000

"A good beginning for anyone unfamiliar with Celan: Popov and McHugh de-emphasize literal translation in an attempt to capture the spirit of his work."
Celan is considered a key postwar poet because of his radical method of creating meaning by breaking the conventions of language. His admirers generally share a love for challenging poetry and an ability to read his notoriously demanding work in their original German. The husband-and-wife team of translator Popov (Because the Sea Is Black) and poet McHugh (Broken English) have tackled the daunting task of capturing Celan's poetic spirit by balancing fidelity to the poems' text with a faithful reproduction of his signature techniques. Their translations, like Celan's German poems, break the bonds of conventional syntax and fuse syllables together to produce groupings of images that resonate with meaning. If the message behind these resonances is often difficult to discern, it must be admitted nevertheless that the format is startling in its strange originality and commands attention even when it seems beyond comprehension. Popov and McHugh supplement their translations with the textual notes and an introduction that offers a good insight into the structure and aims of Celan's verse. Read full book review >
WHY? by Nikolai Popov
by Nikolai Popov, illustrated by Nikolai Popov
Released: April 1, 1996

A wordless condemnation of violence and war—their often absurd origins and always grim aftermath. It all starts with a frog lazily enjoying the smell of a flower. A mouse happens along and snatches the flower. The frog, with two friends, retaliates by swiping the mouse's umbrella. Things escalate as additional frogs and mice enter the fray, the tools of battle grow more sophisticated, and full-blown warfare erupts. In the end, the terrain is wasted and everyone's the loser. Popov captures all the ugliness of war: the smoky gloom of armies on the march, the blank look of the soldier in battle, the scary machines of war. The last page of this artful cautionary tale gives further pause. There sits the frog with a shattered umbrella, the mouse with a wilted flower—their pathetic spoils. Still they do not acknowledge one another; more dazed than transformed, they look capable of taking up arms again at any moment. Provocative. (Picture book. 5-8) Read full book review >