On Vladimir Vysotsky.

May God give you faith in God —
If he’s not the God of War.

Vladimir Vysotsky.

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Vladimir Semyonovich Vysotsky was born and lived in Rossia in the period of the communist experiment, and his poetic word was a light of men in this long-suffering country. Only a few of his songs were recognized officially when he was alive, but due to home-made tape re­cord­ings and publications everything sung and recited by him was known to one and all. In the darkness of building the society of total hap­pi­ness, Vladimir Vysotsky showed life as it really was, and his a bit hoarse sincere voice cap­tivated the people’s hearts, and gave the deceived nation the strength to live, work and fight. There was no such poet before him — his poems and songs reflected the dreams and hopes, pain and grief of all living peo­ple, and his voice touched anyone who heard it. He was loved by millions of people of various nationalities, and now, as in bygone days, his poetry helps us to live.

Vladimir Vysotsky left a great poetic heritage — more than seven hundred poems and songs, which show life in all its com­plete­ness, and em­brace all the history of our world — from the day of its creation until the very end.

Many of his poems and songs have much in common with Gabdulla Tukay’s poems, and many continue Alexander Pushkin and Rudyard Kip­ling’s proph­e­cies. Of course, the prophecies of Vla­di­mir Vysotsky re­quire interpretation, and not all of them can be in­ter­pret­ed before they are fulfilled, and the presented in­ter­pre­ta­tions ex­clude not additional in­ter­pre­ta­tions; and there are such poems and songs of him that were written about the past, but they also relate to the future.

I think the poetry of Vladimir Vysotsky to be a single whole with the teaching of Porphyry Ivanov, peace be upon him, through whom the best religion was again offered to mankind. In the country the communists wanted to turn away from the Face of Allah, glorious and exalted is He, these knights of Truth told people that there is a path to unearthly mar­vels, and that soon will come a man, who will show this path. This was promised by the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, saying, “Allah will bring out from concealment al-Mahdi from my family and just before the day of Judg­ment; even if only one day were to remain in the life of the world, and he will spread on this earth justice and equity and will eradicate tyranny and oppression.”

I trust that what was written by Vladimir Vysotsky will be translated into all the languages, and the world will take pos­ses­sion of the gotten heritage. This publication presents selected poems and songs of this eminent poet, some songs of other authors per­formed by him and a selection of poems and songs about him, and also (in the commentaries) a number of poems and songs con­so­nant with his poetry (several poems and songs of Vladimir Vysotsky are also given in the com­men­tar­ies) in the Russian and English languages.

Most of the poems and songs in Russian, both Vladimir Vysotsky and other authors’, and of the translations into Russian are al­tered, because the Russian lan­guage, due to the orthographic reforms made by Peter I and the Soviet Government, has started to de­te­ri­o­rate, and mis­takes are creeping now in almost all texts — I give them in the form they would have, in my opinion, if there were no unfounded al­ter­a­tions (speaking in Alexander Pushkin’s words) of the heraldry of the Russian script. A good many of trans­la­tions of Vladimir Vysotsky’s songs into English are the result of joint efforts, what means that they were made by other translators and combined or adapted by me.

Akbar Muhammad.

Saint Petersburg, Rossia.

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