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Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and about Mayakovsky


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ISBN13: 9780374281359
ISBN10: 0374281351
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From the time his first, futurist poems were published in 1912 until his suicide at the age of thirty-six, Vladimir Mayakovsky made theatrical appearances in his written work and perfected an iconoclastic voice James Schuyler called "the intimate yell." As the poet laureate of the Russian Revolution, Mayakovsky led a generation that staked everything on the notion that an artist could fuse a public and a private self. But by the time of Stalin's terror, the contradictions of the revolution caught up with him, and he ended in despair.

A major influence on American poets of the twentieth century, Mayakovsky's work remains fascinating and urgent. Very few English translations have come close to capturing his lyric intensity, and a comprehensive volume of his writings has not been published in the past thirty years. In Night Wraps the Sky, the acclaimed filmmaker Michael Almereyda (Hamlet, William Eggleston in the Real World) presents Mayakovsky's key poems--translated by a new generation of Russian-American poets--alongside memoirs, artistic appreciations, and eyewitness accounts, written and pictorial, to create a full-length portrait of the man and the mythic era he came to embody.

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Michael Almereyda's films include Nadja, Hamlet, William Eggleston in the Real World, and New Orleans Mon Amour. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Artforum, The Believer, and Film Comment.

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ahuckins, July 22, 2011 (view all comments by ahuckins)
This book combines Mayakovsky's poetry and biography into a fascinating introduction to the legendary poet's life, impact, and peculiar role in the making of the historical moment that is the 1917 revolution in Russia. Here, the opinions and expertise of writers, historical figures, and scholars are sampled with concise effectiveness, and the new translations of Mayakovky's poems are delightful. Upon finishing the book, I felt I would never be able to read enough by or about Mayakovsky to be satisfied- a blessing and a curse.
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Writings by and about Mayakovsky
Mayakovsky, Vladimir
Almereyda, Michael
Almereyda, Michael
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Poets, Russian
20th century
Continental european
Poets, Russian -- 20th century.
Mayakovsky, Vladimir
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
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Trade Cloth
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Black-and-White Illustrations
8.25 x 6.13 in

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