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Nikolai Klyuev: Time and Text, Place and Poet Michael Makin

Nikolai Klyuev: Time and Text, Place and Poet

Michael Makin

Published March 8th 2009
ISBN : 9780810126572
Hardcover
416 pages
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Nikolai Klyuev: Time and Text, Place and Poet is the first book in English to examine this enigmatic poets life and work. Klyuev (1884-1937) is an important but not well-understood figure in twentieth-century Russian poetry. The allusions in hisMore Nikolai Klyuev: Time and Text, Place and Poet is the first book in English to examine this enigmatic poets life and work. Klyuev (1884-1937) is an important but not well-understood figure in twentieth-century Russian poetry. The allusions in his work to folklore, mysticism, politics, and religion, in addition to occasionally arcane vocabulary and difficult syntax, require extensive elucidation. Klyuev rose to prominence in the early twentieth century as the first of the so-called new peasant poets before being arrested and exiled in 1933, then shot in 1937: a victim of Stalinist hostility to both his cultural ideology and his homosexuality. Makin’s feat is particularly notable because Klyuev was often elusive in his own accounts of his life- a major element of this book is an effort to clarify the poet’s strategies of self-mythologization. Nikolai Klyuev: Time and Text, Place and Poet is an insightful guide to both the life and the work of an important poet still relatively unknown to a Western audience.