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Brodsky through the eyes of his contemporaries. Vol. 1
2nd ed., rev. and supplemented.
Publication Information:
Boston : Academic Studies Press, 2008.

Physical Description:
391 p.
Studies in Russian and Slavic literatures, cultures and history
General Note:
Volume 1 is a new edition, revised and supplemented. Firstly published by St. Martin's Press, in 1992.
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Ebook XX(1440588.1) 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this volume published in 1992 this new second edition is enlarged with three new interviews and a series of previously unpublished unique photographs from the personal archives of the author and the interviewees.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.

Table of Contents

Photographs in the inset
List of abbreviations
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