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Stalingrado

Stormy Six
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English version by Riccardo Venturi, May 6, 2008
СТАЛИНГРАД

Голод и руины бок о бок со смертью.
Как сталь стоит до последнего город.
Улицы Сталинграда залиты кровью;
смеётся каменная женщина на тысячах баррикад.
На его морозных улицах свастика не знает
Что когда-то потом воспоют Сталинград, этот город в огне.

Оркестр сыграет ему в офицерском кафе,
зима напустит крепкие морозы,
но в тюрьмах обжигает мотив, как будто
поёт хор Красной Армии.

Радио в темноте и семеро рабочих,
семь стаканов поднятых за Ленина,
и Сталинград пришёл и в хлев, и на сеновал,
летит фуражка, солдат смеётся и готовит свою винтовку.
На его морозных улицах свастика не знает
Что когда-то потом воспоют Сталинград, этот город в огне.
STALINGRAD

Hunger and ruins under mortar bombings
But like steel the city will resist.
Streets of Stalingrad, you are paved with blood,
A stone woman is laughing on thousands of barricades

On its frozen way, the swastika knows it well:
from now on, it will find Stalingrad in every town

The band makes the officers dance in the cafés,
all men's bones are frozen with winter cold,
but inside the jails, the air is burning as if
the Red Army choir were singing

A radio in the darkness, and seven workers,
seven glasses drinking a toast to Lenin*
and Stalingrad reaches the old farmyard and the hayloft
a cap is flung in the air, a man laughs and prepares his gun

On its frozen way, the swastika knows it well:
from now on it will find Stalingrad in every town.

*Reference is made here to the seven brothers Cervi, perhaps the best known Italian partisan family. All were sentenced to death and executed by Nazis and Italian fascists on December 28, 1943.


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