New York. 1986. Farrar Straus Giroux. 2nd Printing. Some Wear to Bottom Edges of Boards, Otherwise Very Good In Dustjacket. 501 pages. hardcover. The lion pictured on the jacket is a detail of the coat of arms decorating the Sheremeteo Palace in Leningrad, for many years the residence of Anna Akhmatova. Inscribed by the author. 0374185034. keywords: Literature Translated Russia Essays Poetry. inventory # 42380. FROM THE PUBLISHER-Modern poets have often displayed a strong affinity for writing essays. One thinks of W. H. Auden or T. S. Eliot, Marina Tsvetaeva or Osip Mandelstam, Eugenio Montale or Czeslaw Milosz. In this, Joseph Brodsky is no exception. LESS THAN ONE, the first collection of his essays, shows the full range of Brodsky's interests: poetic, literary, political, and historical. LESS THAN ONE is, in the broadest sense, an intellectual autobiography. The volume includes Brodsky's remarkable essays on poetry and poetics. In his considerations of the work of Russian writers such as Alchmatova, Tsvetaeva, and Mandelstam, as well as Western poets such as Auden, Montale, Cavafy, and Derek Walcott, Brodsky has produced compelling, luminous accounts of twentieth-century poetry. In ‘Catastrophes in the Air, ' Brodsky addresses the history and future of Russian prose, providing an original description of the life and death of a literary tradition. Inevitably, Less Than One is also about politics. And in such essays as ‘On Tyranny' and ‘Flight from Byzantium, ' Brodsky offers profound meditations on history and the modern age. Finally, the book is a personal memoir. In the title essay and ‘In a Room and a Half, ' the piece which ends the book, Brodsky has written a eulogy to his native city and to the memory of his parents. JOSEPH BRODSKY was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1972. He is currently affiliated with Columbia University and the New York Institute for the Humanities and is Five College Professor of Literature at Mount Holyoke College. His collection of poems, A PART OF SPEECH, was published by FSG in 1980.
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