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Aleksandr Blok (1880-1921) lived thought his country's savage wars and radical traumas, trying to welcome the new order. But there was no space in it for his kind of imagination. His poem "The Twelve" has claims to being the first great poem of the Russian Revolution. It remains enigmatic, the language elevated, the tone celebratory, even mystical. Mayakovsky, bringing Revolution into the very language and form of his poetry, wrote against Blok and the old forms, answering "The Twelve" with "150,000,000". Trotsky wrote "Certainly Blok is not one of us, but he came towards us. And that is what broke him." But for Pasternak and others among his successors, he was a great and unofficial master. In this collection, Jon Stallworthy and Peter France introduce a wide range of Blok's poetry into English, retaining as much as possible his distinctive form and tone. His early poetry is inspired by mystical experience which did not entirely leave him during the Revolution, and the Beautiful lady in his work is less a conceit than a powerful enabler.
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Book Description Allen Lane, London, 1983. Condition: Good. First Edition. Rug stofomslag verkleurd. Seller Inventory # 140954
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1983. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 0713914971. with dustjacket, 1983 clean bright copy. Seller Inventory # 129324
Book Description Allen Lane, Great Britain, 1983. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus. 1st Edition. 1st Printing of the 1983 Allen Lane 1st UK Edition thus, translated from the Russian, with introduction and notes, by Jon Stallworthy and Peter France, and foreword by Poet's son Y. B Pasternak. Book is straight, square, tightly and evenly bound and free of markings and blemishes. Cover and price clipped Dust Jacket (encased in protective mylar) are clean and bright, with gently bumped Cover upper corners, head and tail, sharp DJ corners and straight DJ head and tail, crisply legible lettering (gilt stamped to Cover spine) and clearly distinct design and artwork. (Please see Seller images). ISBN 0713914971. ShiroBooks, independent bookseller, takes pride in accurate descriptions, careful wrapping and safe shipping. CONTACT SHIROBOOKS PRIOR TO ORDERING if any questions or for more information, details or photos. Seller Inventory # 003071
Book Description Allen Lane, 1983. 1st edition and VG+ in a VG+ dw. No marks and not price clipped. Seller Inventory # 27379
Book Description Allen Lane, London, 1983. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First U. K. Translated from the Russian by Jon Stallworthy and Peter France. 160 pages in excellent condition. Endpapers clean. Yellow cloth with gilt titles and illustration on the spine. Corners not bumped. Brown DJ with illustration and yellow titles. Spine and edges faded. Not price clipped. NF/VG. Seller Inventory # 208091
Book Description Allen Lane 1983, 1983. Condition: Very Good. First edition hardcover. Very good in very good dust jacket with some slight fading to spine. Seller Inventory # C200531