Joseph Brodsky: Conversations

Joseph Brodsky: Conversations

by Cynthia L. Haven
     
 

ISBN-10: 1578065275

ISBN-13: 9781578065271

Pub. Date: 05/01/2003

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996) is unquestionably the greatest poet to emerge from postwar Russia and one of the great minds of the last century.

After his expulsion from the Soviet Union in 1972, Brodsky transformed himself from a stunned and unprepared émigré into, as he himself termed it, "a Russian poet, an English essayist, and, of course, an

Overview

Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996) is unquestionably the greatest poet to emerge from postwar Russia and one of the great minds of the last century.

After his expulsion from the Soviet Union in 1972, Brodsky transformed himself from a stunned and unprepared émigré into, as he himself termed it, "a Russian poet, an English essayist, and, of course, an American citizen."

In interviews from 1972 to 1995, Joseph Brodsky: Conversations covers the course of his exile. The last interview dates from just ten weeks before his death. In talks, he calibrates the process of his remarkable reinvention from a brilliant, brash, but decidedly provincial Leningrad poet to an international man of letters and an erudite Nobel Prize laureate.

Brodsky's poetry earned him a Nobel, and his essays won him awards and international acclaim. This volume shows that there was a third medium, in addition to poetry and essays, in which Brodsky excelled--the interview. Although he said that "in principle prose is simply spilling some beans, which poetry sort of contains in a tight pod," he nevertheless emerges as an extraordinary and inventive conversationalist. This volume includes not only his notable interviews that helped consolidate Brodsky's international reputation but also early and hard-to-find interviews in journals that have since disappeared.

Cynthia L. Haven is a literary critic at the San Francisco Chronicle and a regular contributor to Times Literary Supplement, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the Cortland Review, and Stanford Magazine. Her work also has been published in Civilization, the Washington Post, and the Georgia Review.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578065271
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Series:
Literary Conversations Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionix
Chronologyxvii
A Conversation with Joseph Brodsky3
Interview with Iosif Brodsky7
The Muse in Exile: Conversations with the Russian Poet, Joseph Brodsky13
A Poet's Map of His Poem: An Interview by George L. Kline36
Poet in Exile--Joseph Brodsky40
Questions and Answers after Brodsky's Reading, 21 February 1978 The Iowa Review48
Interview with Joseph Brodsky55
The Art of Poetry XXVIII: Joseph Brodsky71
Exiled101
An Interview with Joseph Brodsky107
Interview with Joseph Brodsky121
Esthetics Is the Mother of Ethics131
Joseph Brodsky: The Poet and the Poem141
Joseph Brodsky: An Interview152
An Interview with Joseph Brodsky164
Joseph Brodsky Answers Argotist's Questions174
An Interview with Joseph Brodsky177
Index187

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