Download e-book for iPad: Russian Poet / Soviet Jew: The Legacy of Eduard BagritskII by Maxim D. Shrayer

By Maxim D. Shrayer

ISBN-10: 0742507807

ISBN-13: 9780742507807

Russian Poet/Soviet Jew: The Legacy of Eduard Bagritskii is a ground-breaking paintings of biography and literary feedback. Maxim D. Shrayer explores the matter of Jewish identification within the early Soviet interval via studying the fast yet marvelous profession of Eduard Bagritskii (1895-1934), an incredible Russian-Jewish poet. missed within the West, Bagritskii's existence and artwork typify the tortured future of Russia's Jews. Shrayer paints an intimate portrait of his topic, supplying infrequent photos of Bagritskii's lifestyles and the 1st English translations of his significant works. Born in Odessa, Bagritskii participated in either the February 1917 Revolution and the Russian Civil War—these occasions shaped the thematic middle of his writings. Like his shut buddy and creative modern Isaak Babel, Bagritskii moved to Moscow within the Nineteen Twenties. Bagritskii's later years have been marked via a serious exam of his personal Jewish identification. As a Jew, a Russian poet, and a progressive idealist, Bagritskii as soon as believed that the liberated Jews of the Russian Empire may take pleasure in concord with their fellow Soviet voters, giving upward push to the hot determine of Homo sovieticus Judaeus. Bagritskii's desires have been shattered as a wave of well known anti-Semitism struck Soviet society within the past due Nineteen Twenties. He discovered that Soviet ideology not just demanded that Jews shed their cultural, ancient, and non secular identification but additionally inspired them to have interaction in a Soviet model of Jewish self-hatred. The poet's preliminary rejection of his Jewish self used to be via a go back to a biblical thought of Jewish selfhood. Bagritskii's final testomony, the narrative poem February,is a arguable tale of a Jewish youth's rejection by way of and next overcome an ethnic Russian lady from the higher classification. Russian Poet/Soviet Jew contains the 1st English translation of this seminal work.

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