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Pavel Florensky: A Quiet Genius - The Tragic and Extraordinary Life of Russia's Unknown Da Vinci


The first biography in English of an extraordinary polymath whose great genius was stifled and finally extinguished by the Soviet Union.

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The first biography in English of an extraordinary polymath whose great genius was stifled and finally extinguished by the Soviet Union.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441187000
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/25/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Avril Pyman is Reader Emerita in Russian Literature at the University of Durham, UK, and a Fellow of the British Academy. She is an expert in Russian literature of the 'Silver Age' and has published a major biography of Aleksandr Blok (OUP, 2 volumes, 1979-80) and A History of Russian Symbolism (CUP, 1994), as well as many translations from Russian.

Geoffrey Hosking is Emeritus Professor of Russian History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, London. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Cologne and a Research Fellow at Columbia University's Russian Institute. He is the author of numerous books, including Rulers and Victims: The Russians in the Soviet Union (Belknap Press, 2006), Russia and the Russians: A History (Belknap Press, 2001), Russia: People and Empire, 1552-1917 (Belknap Press, 1997), and The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within (Belknap Press, 1992).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword by Geoffrey Hosking


Chapter I: Childhood

Chapter II: School

Chapter III: From the Physico-Mathematical Faculty at Moscow University to the New Religious Consciousness

Chapter IV: The Melting-Pot. Autumn 1904 — Autumn 1908

Chapter V: The Quiet Mutiny

Chapter VI: The Four-leafed Clover

Chapter VII: Catastrophe. 1917-1926

Chapter VIII: Diversification — Art, Music and Science 1919-1933

Chapter IX: Permafrost

Glossary of Names

Chronology of Florensky's Life


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