By Bengt Jangfeldt
Few poets have led lives as tempestuous as that of Vladimir Mayakovsky. Born in 1893 and lifeless via his personal hand in 1930, Mayakovsky packed his thirty-six years with drama, politics, ardour, and—most important—poetry. An enthusiastic supporter of the Russian Revolution and the rising Soviet country, Mayakovsky used to be championed through Stalin after his dying and enshrined as a quasi-official Soviet poet, a place that resulted in undeserved overlook between Western literary students at the same time his impression on different poets has remained powerful.
With Mayakovsky, Bengt Jangfeldt deals the 1st finished biography of Mayakovsky, revealing a afflicted guy who was once extra dreamer than progressive, extra political romantic than hardened Communist. Jangfeldt units Mayakovsky’s lifestyles and works opposed to the dramatic turbulence of his occasions, from the cultured options of the pre-revolutionary avant-garde to the stress of Socialist Realism and the destruction of worldwide conflict I to the violence—and hope—of the Russian Revolution, throughout the tightening grip of Stalinist terror and the starting to be disillusion with Russian communism that at last led the poet to take his life.
Through all of it is threaded Mayakovsky’s celebrated love affair with Lili Brik and the relocating courting with Lili’s husband, Osip, besides an excellent depiction of the bigger circle of writers and artists round Mayakovsky, together with Maxim Gorky, Viktor Shklovsky, Alexander Rodchenko, and Roman Jakobson. the result's a literary lifestyles seen within the around, permitting us to appreciate the non-public and historic furies that drove Mayakovsky and generated his still-startling poetry.
Illustrated all through with infrequent photographs of key characters and destinations, Mayakovsky is a big step within the revitalization of a very important determine of the twentieth-century avant-garde.