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Head on a Gleaming Plate

ISBN 1848618433

Autor: Marina Tsvetaeva,Christopher Whyte

Editorial: Shearsman Books

Páginas: 122

Idioma: eng

Publicado: 28/10/2022

Alto: 216.00 mm

Ancho: 140.00 mm

Lomo: 7.31 mm

Acabado: Tapa Blanda


The poems in this volume were composed between August 1917 and October 1918 and thus they span the most turbulent period of the 20th century in Russia, as the nascent republic was overthrown by the Bolsheviks and the country descended into civil war. This collection concentrates on the lyric poems that Tsvetaeva wrote at this time, whose importance should not be underestimated. Each offers a modest, unassuming gateway to the immense world of her imagination and her travailed, eternally questioning and endangered humanity, even those with a missing word or phrase she did not find the time to locate and craft amidst the overwhelming flow of inspiration. Like the events which formed their background, these poems raise ethical and human issues to which no simple answers can be found. And when Tsvetaeva announces, as the winter of 1918-1919 approaches, that ’It befits heroes to be frozen’, she prompts us to consider the nature of her own, personal heroism at a stage when the very worst was still to come.