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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Kudrova, I. V.
Death of a poet.
Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Duckworth, 2004
|Named Person:||Marina T︠S︡vetaeva; Marina T︠S︡vetaeva; Marina I Cvetaeva|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
I V Kudrova
|ISBN:||1585675229 9781585675227 9780715632628 0715632620|
|Description:||232 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.|
"In the bedlam of nonhumans" --
|Other Titles:||Gibelʹ Mariny T︠S︡vetaevoĭ.|
|Responsibility:||Irma Kudrova ; introduction by Ellendea Proffer ; translated from the Russian by Mary Ann Szporluk.|
"In 1937, at the height of her creative powers and living in exile in Paris, where rumors of Stalin's purges had been circulating in the emigre community, Marina Tsvetaeva made the fateful decision to follow her husband, Sergei Efron, who had been forced to flee from French authorities, back to Moscow. Soon after their reunion, both Alya, their daughter, and Efron were arrested for "anti-Soviet activity."
Cast onto the street and living in fear that her own arrest was imminent, the poet who once stood at the pinnacle of Russian letters descended into a living hell, compounded by official persecution, the indifference of peers and friends and finally, the beginning of World War II and Nazi air raids over Moscow.".
"Incorporating unprecedented access to KGB records, Irma Kudrova has uncovered both the depth of Efron's complicity in Soviet espionage, including the assassination that forced him to flee France, and the nobility and stoicism with which he endured the brutal interrogations.
She also re-creates the final days of the poet, examining several theories of the events that culminated in Tsvetaeva's suicide at the age of forty-nine. The Death of a Poet is both a tribute and an indictment, and above all a moving chronicle of the struggle of a great mind to endure."--BOOK JACKET.