Brief Outline of Valerii Pereleshin's Life Preface PART ONE: CHINA, 1920-1952
1. Russian Childhood
2. Harbin: On the Way of Becoming a Poet
3. Harbin: The Poet as a Monk
4. Beijing: "Wonderful, Beloved City"
5. Shanghai: Fogs and Chimeras
6. The Long Farewell PART TWO: BRAZIL, 1953-1992
7. Cidada marvelhosa
8. Resurrection of a Poet
9. From Mount Nebo
10. The Lefthander
11. New Roads and Great Loss
12. Growing Recognition
13. Last Love, Last Books, Last Years.
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Olga Bakich's biography of Valerii Pereleshin (1913-1992) follows the turbulent life and exquisite poetry of one of the most remarkable Russian emigres of the twentieth century. Born in Irkutsk, Pereleshin lived for thirty years in China and for almost forty years in Brazil. Multilingual, he wrote poetry in Russian and in Portuguese and translated Chinese and Brazilian poetry into Russian and Russian and Chinese poetry into Portuguese. For many years he struggled to accept and express his own identity as a gay man within a frequently homophobic emigre community. His poems addressed his three homelands, his religious struggles, and his loves. In Valerii Pereleshin: The Life of a Silkworm, Bakich delves deep into Pereleshin's poems and letters to tell the rich life story of this underappreciated writer. (source: Nielsen Book Data)