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is an outstanding Azerbaijani poet writing in Russian, a man of many parts, he is also a scientist, geologist, arctic explorer, excavator, linguist, critic, educationalist, and teacher. He involves himself with both questioning and celebrating the physical universe around us and within us, and, equally, the mysterious metaphysical questions that our existence poses to us all, which are both vast and miniscule at once. His depth and breadth of vision are balanced with a close attentiveness to what William Blake called the minute particulars and Gerard Manley Hopkins named the inscape and instress of things. His spirit combines passionate intellectual enquiry with empathy and magnanimity. And while his poems sing and breathe suffering and joy, what they emanate above all is hope. In all these respects, Akhadov is not merely a model man of our times but forour times, and for our future too. He is not only an internationalist but an imaginationalist."
Cambridge, June 2020
“I recommend the tales by Eldаr, translated into English from Russian. Small highly poetic thought stories: deep, unconventional, original in situations and conclusions. These tales are read with great pleasure and can be interesting to a Western reader”.
Paolo Ruffilli 16.10.2020