1917 : Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution

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100 years since the Russian Revolution: the 20th century's greatest Russian writers respond'This is the last of you, old world - soon we'll smash you to bits.'The passionate voices of radicals, dreamers, workers, aristocrats, satirists and romantics fill these electrifying poems and prose pieces, written between 1917 and 1919 in the full tumult of the Russian Revolution.From apocalyptic visions to heartfelt calls for freedom, from depictions of bloody carnage to an acerbic portrait of Lenin, the writings brought together here are by turns fervent, absurd, disorienting and tragic.Some writers - Bulgakov, Pasternak, Mayakovsky, Akhmatova - are well-known, others all but forgotten; many would not survive what was to come. All speak to us a century later, re-creating the whirlwind of euphoria and terror, hopes and betrayals of that exhilarating, brutal time.show more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20.32mm | 249.48g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1782272143
  • 9781782272144
  • 50,993

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A captivating collection of poetry and prose from the revolutionary year China Mieville [A] broad and erudite collection Financial Times This is great writing Jewish Renaissance A brilliant new anthology -- Phoebe Taplin Russia Beyond the Headlines Expertly collected by Boris Dralyuk... 1917 was an entirely absorbing, moving and exceptional read Kaggsy's Bookish Ramblings (blog) Dralyuk has assembled a high-pressure book of crisis writings by authors caught strutting as actors on the world stage Times Literary Supplement The fluidity of thought among Russian writers between February 1917 and late 1919... [provides an] insight into the ebb and flow of literary debate The Scottish Review One of the real gems among the centenary books... Boris Dralyuk assembles a potent blend of novelty, utopianism and eschatology Spectatorshow more

About Boris Dralyuk

Boris Dralyuk is an award-winning translator and the Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books. He holds a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UCLA, where he taught Russian literature for a number of years. He is a co-editor of the Penguin Book of Russian Poetry, and has translated Isaac Babel's Red Cavalry and Odessa Stories, both of which are published by Pushkin Press.show more

Table of contents

1917: LITERATURE FROM THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION  DRAFT TABLE OF CONTENTS  THE REVOLUTION: A POEM-CHRONICLE  STOLEN WINE  Marina Tsvetaeva, ‘You stepped from a stately cathedral ’, ‘Night. – Northeaster. – Roar of soldiers. – Roar of waves.’  Zinaida Gippius, ‘Now’, ‘What have we done to it?’, ‘14 December 1917’  Osip Mandelstam, ‘In public and behind closed doors’  A DISTANT VOICE  Osip Mandelstam, ‘Let’s praise, O brothers, liberty’s dim light’  Anna Akhmatova, ‘When the nation, suicidal’  Boris Pasternak, ‘Spring Rain’  WAKE ME TOMORROW  Mikhail Kuzmin, ‘Russian Revolution’  Sergey Esenin, ‘Wake me tomorrow at break of day’  IRON FLOWERS  Mikhail Gerasimov, ‘I forged my iron flowers’  Vladimir Kirillov, ‘We’  Aleksey Kraysky, ‘Decrees’  PURIFYING FIRE  Andrey Bely, ‘Russia’  Alexander Blok, ‘The Twelve’  Titsian Tabidze, ‘Petersburg’  Pavlo Tychyna, ‘Golden Humming’  OUR MARCH  Vladimir Mayakovsky, ‘Revolution: A Poem-Chronicle’, ‘To Russia’, ‘Our March’  PROSE  THE BREAK  Alexander Kuprin, ‘Sashka and Yashka’  Valentin Kataev, ‘The Drum’  OPEN ARMS  Aleksandr Serafimovich, ‘How He Died’  Dovid Bergelson, ‘Pictures of the Revolution’  THE GUILLOTINE  Teffi, ‘A Few Words About Lenin’, ‘The Guillotine’  APOCALYPSE  Vasily Rozanov, from ‘Apocalypse of Our Time’  Aleksey Remizov, ‘The Lay of the Ruin of Rus’’  OF DRAGONS AND MEN  Yefim Zozulya, ‘The Dictator: A Story of Ak and Humanity’  Yevgeny Zamyatin, ‘The Dragon’  THE TERROR  Aleksandr Grin, ‘Uprising’  Mikhail Prishvin, ‘Blue Banner’  FUTURE PROSPECTS  Mikhail Zoshchenko, ‘A Wonderful Audacity’  Mikhail Bulgakov, ‘Future Prospects’show more

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