Brodsky Through the Eyes of His Contemporaries (Vol 1)

Brodsky Through the Eyes of His Contemporaries (Vol 1)


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Brodsky Through the Eyes of His Contemporaries (Volume 1) offers a fascinating record of conversations with poets of various nationalities about Joseph Brodsky: Czeslaw Milosz, Roy Fisher, Lev Loseff, Bella Akhmadulina, Natalia Gorbanevskaya, Tomas Venclova, Viktor Krivulin, Alexander Kushner, and Elena Shvarts. In comparison with the first edition of this volume published in 1992 this new second edition is enlarged with three new interviews and a series of previously unpublished unique photographs from the personal archives of the author and the interviewees. The collection combines biographical details with a new and authoritative interpretation of the poetics, style, and ideas of one of the most influential poets to emerge in post-Stalinist Russia. As a poet, essayist, and playwright, Brodsky is widely known and read in the English-speaking world. This book is a superb guide to further study of Brodsky's work both for specialist scholars and general readers who are intoxicated by poetry.

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ISBN-13: 9781936235056
Publisher: Academic Studies Press
Publication date: 11/01/2008
Series: Studies in Russian and Slavic Literatures, Cultures, and History , #1
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Valentina Polukhina is Professor Emeritus of Russian Literature at Keele University, England and the author of several major studies of Brodsky: Joseph Brodsky: A Poet for Our Time (CUP, 1989), Brodsky Through the Eyes of his Contemporaries, vol. I (St Martin’s Press, 1992); a Russian version Brodskii glazami sovremennikov (vol. I, 1997, 2006) and A Dictionary of Brodsky’s Tropes (Tartu University Press, 1995). She is editor of a collection of Brodsky’s interviews - Large Book of Interviews (Bol’shaya kniga intervyu) (2000, 2005, 2007); with Lev Loseff, of Brodsky’s Poetics and Aesthetics (1990) and Joseph Brodsky: The Art of a Poem (1999, 2002), with A. Stepanov and I. Fomenko, of Brodsky’s Poetics ("Poetika Brodskogo", Tver, 2003), with A. Korchinsky – Joseph Brodsky: A Strategy of Reading ("Iosif Brodkii: Strategiya chteniya", Moscow, 2005). Among her articles we can find essays on Akhmatova, Pasternak, Tsvetaeva, Khlebnikov, Mandelshtam, Shcherbina, Gorbanevskaya, etc. She had edited bilingual collections of Olga Sedakova (1994), Oleg Prokofiev (1995), Dmitry Prigov (1995), Evgeny Rein (2001). Recently a second volume Brodsky Through the Eyes of his Contemporaries was republished in St Petersburg (SPb, Zvezda, 2006).

Table of Contents

Photographs in the inset. List of abbreviations. Preface. Acknowledgements. ANATOLY NAIMAN. A Coagulation of Linguistic Energy. YAKOV GORDIN. A Tragic Perception of the World. EVGENY REIN. The Introduction of the Prosaic into Poetry. NATALYA GORBANEVSKAYA. Subordination to the Language. BELL A AKHMADULINA. Perfection of Harmony . ELENA USHAKOVA. A Poet of Intense Thought. ALEKSANDR KUSHNER. The World’s Last Romantic Poet. L EV LOSEFF. A New Conception of Poetry. VLADIMIR UFLIAND. One of the Freest Men. DAVID SHRAYER-PETROV. He was a Universal Poet. MIKHAIL MEILAKH. Liberation from Emotionality. VIKTOR KRIVULIN. A Mask that’s Grown to Fit the Face. YURY KUBLANOVSKY. A Yankee in Russian Poetry. ELENA SHVARTS. Coldness and Rationality. OLGA SEDAKOVA. A Rare Independence. ALEKSEY PARSHCHIKOV. Absolute Tranquillity in the Face of Absolute Tragedy. TOMAS VENCLOVA. Development of Semantic Poetics. CEROY FISHER. A Noble Quixotic Sight. DEREK WALCOTT. A Merciless Judge. CZESLAW MILOSZ. A Huge Building of Strange Architecture. PETER VIERECK. Rhyme and Punishment. Valentina Polukhina Books. Name Index.

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