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This collection of essays thrusts Brodsky--heretofore known more for his poetry and translations--into the forefront of the "Third Wave" of Russian emigre writers. His insights into the works of Dostoyevsky, Mandelstam, Platonov, as well as non-Russian poets Auden, Cavafy and Montale are brilliant. While the Western popularity of many other Third Wavers has been stunted by their inability to write in English, Brodsky consumed the language to attain a "closer proximity" to poets such as Auden. The book, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, opens and closes with revealing autobiographical essay.

Joseph Brodsky (1940-96) came to the United States in 1972, an involuntary exile from the Soviet Union. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987 and served as Poet Laureate of the United States in 1991 and 1992.

This is the masterful collection of essays that propelled Brodskyheretofore known more for his poetry and translations than for his literary criticisminto the forefront of the "Third Wave" of Russian emigre writers. His insights into the works of Dostoyevsky, Mandelstam, and Platonov, as well as non-Russian poets Auden, Cavafy, and Montale, are as brilliant as they are compelling. While the Western popularity of many other Third Wavers has been stunted by their inability to write in English, Brodsky, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987, consumed this language to attain a "closer proximity" to poets such as Auden. Less Than One, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, also opens and closes with revealing autobiographical essays.

"Evinces a supple, witty mastery of the English language . . . Provides deeply

illuminating insights into the Russian literary tradition, political climate, and modern poetry and poetics."Library Journal

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This collection of essays thrusts Brodsky--heretofore known more for his poetry and translations--into the forefront of the "Third Wave" of Russian emigre writers. His insights into the works of Dostoyevsky, Mandelstam, Platonov, as well as non-Russian poets Auden, Cavafy and Montale are brilliant. While the Western popularity of many other Third Wavers has been stunted by their inability to write in English, Brodsky consumed the language to attain a "closer proximity" to poets such as Auden. The book, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, opens and closes with revealing autobiographical essay.

About the Author

Joseph Brodsky (1940-96) came to the United States in 1972, an involuntary exile from the Soviet Union. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987 and served as Poet Laureate of the United States in 1991 and 1992.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374520557
Author:
Brodsky, Joseph
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Russian & Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Poetry, modern
Subject:
Russian literature
Subject:
Poetry, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
Russian literature -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
19870531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
516
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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This collection of essays thrusts Brodsky--heretofore known more for his poetry and translations--into the forefront of the "Third Wave" of Russian emigre writers. His insights into the works of Dostoyevsky, Mandelstam, Platonov, as well as non-Russian poets Auden, Cavafy and Montale are brilliant. While the Western popularity of many other Third Wavers has been stunted by their inability to write in English, Brodsky consumed the language to attain a "closer proximity" to poets such as Auden. The book, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, opens and closes with revealing autobiographical essay.

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