Letters: Summer 1926

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Edited by Yevgeny Pasternak, Yelena Pasternak, and Konstantin M. Azadovsky

The summer of 1926 was a time of trouble and uncertainty for each of the three poets whose correspondence is collected in this moving volume. Marina Tsvetayeva was living in exile in France and struggling to get by. Boris Pasternak was in Moscow, trying to come to terms with the new Bolshevik regime. Rainer Maria Rilke, in Switzerland, was dying. Though hardly known to each other, they began to ...

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Overview

Edited by Yevgeny Pasternak, Yelena Pasternak, and Konstantin M. Azadovsky

The summer of 1926 was a time of trouble and uncertainty for each of the three poets whose correspondence is collected in this moving volume. Marina Tsvetayeva was living in exile in France and struggling to get by. Boris Pasternak was in Moscow, trying to come to terms with the new Bolshevik regime. Rainer Maria Rilke, in Switzerland, was dying. Though hardly known to each other, they began to correspond, exchanging a series of searching letters in which every aspect of life and work is discussed with extraordinary intensity and passion. Letters: Summer 1926 takes the reader into the hearts and minds of three of the twentieth century's greatest poets at a moment of maximum emotional and creative pressure.

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Poets Pasternak, Marian Tsvetayeva, and Rainer Maria Rilke were not having a banner year in 1926: Pasternak was stuck in Moscow trying to stay out of the way of the Bolsheviks; Tsvetayeva was in France after having been booted from Russia; and Rilke was dying in Switzerland. The trio began a correspondence spelling out their assorted woes as well as holding lengthy discussions about art, love, and other poetic topics. This 1983 title offers a selection of their letters along with numerous photographs. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780940322714
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Series: New York Review Books Classics Series
  • Pages: 378
  • Sales rank: 1,413,990
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Foreword to the Second Edition xv
A Note on the English Edition xix
Introduction 3
Letters 45
Epilogue 261
Marina Tsvetayeva: Two Essays 319
Notes 361
Index 369
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