"Poet and documentary screen-writer Elena Ignatova published her first poetry as a teenager in Leningrad in the early 1960's usually in "Samizdat" form or abroad. She had three books of poetry published before emigrating with her family to Israel in 1990. Her work has been translated into Serbian, German, Swedish, Polish, Hebrew, and English, and she has written books and film scripts on the History of St. Petersburg. The Diving Bell is her first complete collection in English. Ignatova's poetry is marked not only by current events, but by dissident angst, subversive linguistic play and conversational ease."
- from the back of the book.