Nikolai Klyuev: Time and Text, Place and Poey
by Michael Makin (9780810126572)

Nikolai Klyuev: Time and Text, Place and Poey
 
Michael Makin
Release Date: 28 March 2010
Format: Hardback
Pages: 393
Category: Literature & Literary Studies
ISBN: 9780810126572
ISBN-10: 0810126575



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"Nikolai Klyuev: Time and Text, Place and Poe"t is the first book in English to examine this enigmatic poet's life and work. Klyuev (1884-1937) is an important but not well-understood figure in twentieth-century Russian poetry. The allusions in his work to folklore, mysticism, politics, and religion, in addition to occasionally arcane vocabulary and difficult syntax, require extensive elucidation. Klyuev rose to prominence in the early twentieth century as the first of the so-called "new peasant poets" before being arrested and exiled in 1933, then shot in 1937: a victim of Stalinist hostility to both his cultural ideology and his homosexuality. Makin's feat is particularly notable because Klyuev was often elusive in his own accounts of his life; a major element of this book is an effort to clarify the poet's strategies of self-mythologization. "Nikolai Klyuev: Time and Text, Place and Poet" is an insightful guide to both the life and the work of an important poet still relatively unknown to a Western audience.

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