A searingly personal memoir of the great Russian poet by his American friend and publisher, containing much previously unknown material about how Brodsky left Russia and how he made his way in the new world, and how, during the cold war, Americans played a crucial role in his fate.
Authors, Exiled--China--Biography, Authors, Exiled--Brazil--Biography, and Poets, Russian--20th century--Biography
Olga Bakich's biography of Valerii Pereleshin (1913–1992) follows the turbulent life and exquisite poetry of one of the most remarkable Russian émigrés 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 émigré 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.
Lekmanov, O. A., Fleĭshman, Lazarʹ, and Retivov, Tatiana
Poets, Russian--20th century--Biography
Now available for the first time in English, Oleg Lekmanov's critically acclaimed Mandelstam presents the maverick Russian poet's life and work to a wider audience and includes the most reliable details of the poet's life, which were recently found and released from the KGB archives. Through his engaging narrative, Lekmanov carries the reader through Mandelstam's early life and education in pre-revolutionary Petersburg, at the Sorbonne in Paris, and in Heidelberg and his return to revolutionary Russia. Bold and fearless, he was quoted as saying: “Only in Russia do they respect poetry. They even kill you for it.” Osip Mandelstam compared a writer to a parrot, saying that once his owner tires of him, he will cover his cage with black cloth, which becomes for literature a surrogate of night. In 1938, Mandelstam was arrested and six months later became a statistic: over 500,000 political prisoners were sent to the Gulags in 1938; between 1931 and 1940, over 300,000 prisoners died in the Gulags. One of them was the poet Osip Mandelstam. This is the tragic story of his life, pre-empted by the black cloth of Stalinism.
Ulit͡skai͡a, Li͡udmila, author. and Ulit͡skai͡a, Li͡udmila, author.
Poets, Russian -- 20th century -- Biography., Women poets, Russian -- 20th century -- Biography., Dissenters -- Soviet Union -- Biography., Dissenters., Poets, Russian., Women poets, Russian., and Biography.
Jewish poets -- United States., Jews, Russian -- United States., Poets, Russian -- 20th century -- Biography., LITERARY CRITICISM -- Russian & Former Soviet Union., POETRY -- Russian & Former Soviet Union., Poets, Russian., and Biography.
"A searingly personal memoir of the great Russian poet by his American friend and publisher, containing much previously unknown material about how Brodsky left Russia and how he made his way in the new world, and how, during the cold war, Americans played a crucial role in his fate"--
Poets, Russian -- 20th century -- Biography., Women poets, Russian -- 20th century -- Biography., Philosophers -- Great Britain -- Biography., Politics and literature -- Europe -- History -- 20th century., and Politics and literature -- Soviet Union.