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Shrayer leaves no facet of Bagritskii's production unexplored. . . . Scholars of Russian and Jewish literature and readers of poetry will welcome Shrayer's presentation of Bagritskii to Western readers. (CHOICE)

In his definitive book, Maxim D. Shrayer makes the problematic world of Bagritskii and his poetry available to the English reader for the first time. . . . This will remain one of the standard studies of Russian-Jewish culture in the early twentieth century. (Sander L. Gilman, University of Chicago)

In a virtuoso performance of solid scholarship and artful prose, Maxim D. Shrayer unmasks the dark demons haunting Soviet society and literature during the twentieth century through his enlightening study of Russian-Jewish poet Eduard Bagritskii. Shrayer's muscular critique of the pathos of Stalinism, of hyphenated Jewish life, of virulent anti-Semitism, along with his exquisitely moving translations of Bagritskii's poetry, combine to render Russian Poet/Soviet Jew a compelling achievement. (Harvey J. Fields, senior rabbi, Wilshire Boulevard Temple)

Russian Poet/Soviet Jew is to my knowledge the first critical study of a major Russian poet that is devoted entirely to the role of the poet's Jewish heritage in his oeuvre. In the process of gathering the evidence, Shrayer opens up a vast new field of inquiry. (Victor Terras, Brown University)

An extremely well-informed introduction to a vibrant poet and a persuasive exploration of dual identity. (Victor Erlich, Yale University)

A welcome and challenging assessment of an original, unduly neglected voice in Soviet Russian poetry. Shrayer's translations of Bagritskii's verse are masterful; his approach to the material, with its emphasis on the complicated, often dangerous process of the writer's coming to grips with his Jewish identity, is highly suggestive and satisfying. . . . This book opens to a diverse readership some entirely new and previously obscured vistas on twentieth-century Russian, and Russian-Jewish, literary achievement. (Stanley Rabinowitz, Amherst College)

Eduard Bagritskii has long been neglected in the West, both as a poet and as a personality. In this thoughtful, subtle, and carefully drawn study, Maxim D. Shrayer has installed Bagritskii where he belongs: among the leading Russian Jewish figures of the Soviet period. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Russian or Jewish literary culture. (Joshua Rubenstein, author of Tangled Loyalties: The Life and Times of Ilya Ehrenburg)

Out of the cauldron of the 1920s rises the anguished figure of Bagritskii, a revolutionary aspirant, cohort of the incomparable Babel, and a poet of real power conjured up for us in all his complexity by Maxim D. Shrayer, whose excavations are changing the literary geography of a lost Soviet world. (Askold Melnyczuk, Editor-in-Chief, AGNI)

The translations strike me as quite good-as good as one can get translating from a poetic idiom as removed from us as Bagritskii's. They have about them something of Nabokov's Pale Fire and, perhaps oddly, Randall Jarrell. (Thomas Seifrid, University of Southern California)

[An] informative and insightful book. . . . . The poet's swan song poem "February . . . is skillfully translated by Mr. Shrayer. (Forward)

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"An important contribution to the task of recovering and reassessing the work of the first generation of Soviet poets. Shrayer offers an enticing glimpse into several aspects of Russian literary history which have received little attention."—The Modern Language Review

"Highly provocative and intelligent book. Shrayer's book not only introduces Bagritskii to English-speaking audiences, but also re-examines the Russian poet's legacy, challenging various Western preconceived notions of Soviet literature and of Russian/Jewish identity."—East European Jewish Affairs

"Well-researched and thoughtful."—H-Net Reviews

"Shrayer leaves no facet of Bagritskii's production unexplored. . . . Scholars of Russian and Jewish literature and readers of poetry will welcome Shrayer's presentation of Bagritskii to Western readers."—Choice

"[An] informative and insightful book. . . . . The poet's swan song poem "February . . . is skillfully translated by Mr. Shrayer."—Forward


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  • File Size: 21932 KB
  • Print Length: 163 pages
  • Publication Date: December 15, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019FLU73Y
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