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Author : Vladimir Mayakovsky
ISBN : 0810113392
Genre : Drama
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One of Russia's greatest poets, Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) was a Futurist, early Bolshevik, and champion of the avant-garde. Despite his revolutionary youth, he became increasingly disillusioned with Soviet society, and three of his plays--all banned until after Stalin's death--reflect his changing assessments of the Revolution. Mayakovsky: Plays includes Mystery Bouffe, a mock medieval mystery written in 1918 to celebrate the first anniversary of the Revolution; The Bathhouse, a sharp attack on Soviet bureaucracy subtitled "a drama of circus and fireworks"; and The Bedbug, in which a worker with bourgeois pretensions is frozen and resurrected fifty years later, when the world has become a material paradise. The collection also includes Mayakovsky's more personal first play, Vladimir Mayakovsky: A Tragedy.
Category: Drama

Vladimir Mayakovsky And Other Poems

Author : Vladimir Mayakovsky
ISBN : 178410292X
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This book is the only single-volume anthology in English that fully represents the scope of Mayakovsky s artistic work. It includes new translations of his major lyrics, as well as versions of several poems that have never been translated into English before. The predominant image presented in earlier translations and anthologies, of Mayakovsky as a hectoring, ranting poet, is replaced by a more nuanced figure, a writer whose apparent egotism is rather a means of dealing with a hostile world by fitting himself to its size."


Author : Bengt Jangfeldt
ISBN : 9780226056975
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A Life at Stake is the first serious biography of the legendary Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. Physically imposing, crude, a sexual adventurer and ex-convict, Mayakovsky rose to fame between 1912 and 1917 as a Futurist agitator and the author of radical poems and plays. He embraced the Russian Revolution and became one of its most passionate propagandists, then at the age of thirty-six took his own life, disappointed in the course of Soviet society and ravaged by private conflicts. Mayakovsky's poems are as exhilarating today as when he declaimed them for friends in smoky flats in Moscow, Berlin, Paris, and New York. In Bengt Jangfeldt's propulsive biography, Mayakovsky's life, too, is compelling: a story of constant, passionate upheaval against the background of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, Stalin's terror, and cycles of anti-Semitism. Mayakovsky emerges from this biography a highly vulnerable figure, more a dreamer than a revolutionary, more a political romantic than a hardened Communist.
Category: Biography & Autobiography


Author : Edward James Brown
ISBN : 9781400867547
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An absorbing portrait of an extraordinary man, an analysis of the work of a great Russian poet, and the evocation of a crucial period in Russian cultural history—all are combined in Edward J. Brown's literary biography of Vladimir Mayakovsky. It is the only book to reveal the whole Mayakovsky, not just aspects of his tortured personality or artistic work, and will be immediately recognized as definitive. Mayakovsky contributed to the cultural life of Soviet Russia not only as a lyric poet but as a playwright, graphic artist, and satirist of the conventional art forms of his day. By examining his art in terms of his life, Edward Brown shows how intensely personal it was and how bound up in the literary and political history of his time. The intellectual turmoil of the period is skillfully re-created, especially the nature, ambience, and personalities of Russian futurism. Above all, the book reveals the man—a committed Bolshevik and a dedicated artist, but also a hypochondriac, compulsive gambler, and eventual suicide. Originally published in 1973. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Author : Vladimir Mayakovsky
ISBN : 1410205428
Genre : Poetry
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"Never have I wanted to be understood so much as in this poem. It is probably the most serious piece of work I have ever done."Written in 1924, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin crowned a long period of preparatory work on this theme. The poet was fortunate to see and hear Lenin on a number of occasions. During the October days of 1917 he saw Lenin in Smolny, the headquarters of the uprising. Later he heard several speeches by the founder of the Soviet state.Mayakovsky not only strove with the utmost fidelity to depict Lenin as an historic figure in his own words, he "wrote the poem remaining a poet." In Lenin's life and activity he sought solutions to issues that engaged him all his life: man, his destination, his place in the world, his happiness, his struggle and triumph over the tragic in life.He was human - as human as anyone...Mayakovsky gave numerous recitals of his poem both at home and abroad. "The workers' response was heartening, reassuring me in the belief that this poem was needed.""The splendid powerful poem on Lenin's death made an enormous impression on listeners." - Daily Worker, London, 1925
Category: Poetry

Mayakovsky Maximum Access

Author : Vladimir Mayakovsky
ISBN : 1981374035
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Futurist, hooligan, revolutionary, propagandist, lover, clown, martyr, hero-the poet Vladimir Mayakovsky was the powerhouse and rock star of Russia's Silver Age. This bilingual edition provides "maximum access" to his best known poems, and features: Precise English translations. Stress marks in the Russian text. Commentary on syntax, wordplay and neologisms. Clarification of cultural, historical and literary references. Essays on theme, persona and poetic technique. This is undiluted Mayakovsky, in the highest obtainable proof for non-native speakers. "Readers familiar with Mayakovsky's verse in Russian will enjoy the poetic wit and insight of Jenny Wade's translations, which also shed light on some of the verbal and syntactic riddles of the original: those seeking to grasp the Mayakovsky phenomenon in English can rely on the supreme accuracy of Wade's renderings, and on her overall treatment of her subject, full of artistic admiration and human empathy-yet also distinguished by a critical distance necessary for any real understanding." -Anna Muza, Senior Lecturer, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley "'To all of you...I raise my skull, filled with poetry...' In Jenny Wade's masterful translation, with palpable notes, Mayakovsky Maximum Access, what we have is, not only a sensitive, lyrical, down-to-earth reading of a poet who frequented rhyme in his own lyrical, at times, harsh and raw work, but also continual "instructions" on how to enter into this master poet/playwright's work. The book is bilingual and thus open to further interpretation for those who frequent both languages. Pick up this book & fill your skull." -steve dalachinsky, author of The Final Nite "The Russian poet, Mayakovsky, is central to his country's literary history. Jenny Wade's translations of his marvelous, yet down to earth, poems are a marvel in themselves. This is an important book-highly recommended!" -Ron Kolm, author of Night Shift "Jenny Wade has superbly captured the plangent Whitmanesque rhythms of Mayakovsky, written on the wing, on the fly, on the loose, 'a cloud in trousers.' The clarity of Wade's supple translation and explanatory footnotes make this a timely addition to the canon of poetic voices that now, more than ever, need to be heard." -Max Blagg, author of Slow Dazzle

Mayakovsky And The Book

Author : Boris Kerdimun
ISBN : UOM:39015019063711
Genre : Poets, Russian
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Category: Poets, Russian

Pro Eto That S What

Author : Vladimir Mayakovsky
ISBN : 9781908376381
Genre : Poetry
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Aggressive, mocking, tender, full of anguish and anger yet also grimly humorous, Pro Eto - That's What is part love poem, part political diatribe and the most autobiographical of Mayakovsky's works. This new translation, complete with the extraordinary photomontages that Alexander Rodchenko created for this work, confirms Mayakovsky, 70 years after his death, as one of the towering figures of Russian literature.
Category: Poetry