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Marina Tsvetaeva : the double beat of Heaven and Hell

Author: Lily Feiler
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 1994.
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"Born to a family of Russian intelligentsia in 1892 and coming of age in the crucible of revolution and war, Tsvetaeva has been seen as a victim of her politicized time, her life and her work marked by exile, neglect, and persecution. This book is the first to show us the poet as she discovered her life through art, shaped as much by inner demons as by the political forces and harsh realities of her day. With  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
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Feiler, Lily, 1915-
Marina Tsvetaeva.
Durham : Duke University Press, 1994
(OCoLC)621857954
Named Person: Marina T︠S︡vetaeva; Marina Cvetaeva; Marina T︠S︡vetaeva; Marina Ivanovna Cvetaeva; Marina I Cvetaeva
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lily Feiler
ISBN: 0822314827 9780822314820
OCLC Number: 30027093
Description: xiii, 299 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments xiPermissions xiiiA Note on Translations, Transliteration, and Punctuation xvIntroduction 11. Family and Childhood: Formative forces 72. Growing Up: Reality and Fantasy: God/Devil: the central conflict 223. Adolescence, Mother's Death: Schools Broad / Escape into imagination 304. Dawning Sexuality: Ellis and Nilender / First poetry collection 435. Illusions: Marriage to Sergey Efron / Birth of daughter, Ariadna / Alya Disenchantment / Father's death 566. Lesbian Passion: Sofiya Parnok / The wound that would not heal 667. In the Shadow of the Revolution: Flirtation with Mandelshtam / Love affairs and dread Birth of second daughter, Irina / Revolution and separation 788. Life Under Communism: Poverty, excitement, and creativity / Involvement with actors and theater / Closeness with Alya 869. Passion and Despair: Sonechka: fantasy of pure love / Irina's death 9510. Years of Frenzy and Growth: Volkonsky, Vysheslavtsev, Lann / The Tsar-Maiden and "On a Red Steed" 10411. New Poetic Voice and Departure: A young Bolshevik, literary friends / Departure 11612. Russian Berlin: Vishnyak, new infatuation / Old friends: Ehrenburg and Bely Reunion with husband / Correspondence with Pasternak 12413. Prague, Creative Peak / Creative crest - "The Swain" / Letters to Pasternak and Bakhrakh 13314. Great Love, Great Pain: Konstantin Rodzevich / "Poem of the Mountain" and "Poem of the End" / Marriage crisis 14415. Resignation and Birth of Son: Grinding poverty, women friends / Birth of son Georgy (Mur) Move to Paris 15216. Paris, Success and New Problems: "The Ratcatcher" / Limited Success / Eurasians - new friends, criticism 16017. The Correspondence with Rilke and Pasternak: Search for the Beyond / Conflict with Pasternak / Economic hardships 16818. Spiraling Down: Rilke's death / Hostility in literary circles / Efron's turn toward Soviets 18019. Growing Isolation: Phaedra / After Russia published Defense of Mayakovsky / Nikolay Gronsky 18720. Hitting Bottom: Poetic crisis, growing isolation / End of Pasternak's marriage / Depression 19621. Alienation and Self-Analysis: Salomea and "Letter to an Amazon" 20322. Indigence and Autobiographical Prose: Ivask correspondence / Efron applies for a Soviet passport / Family conflicts 21023. Further Withdrawal: Pasternak's Visit / Steiger - new hopes for love dashed 22324. A Fateful Year, 1937: Pushkin essays - a look into herself / Alya's leaving for Russia / The Efron case 23125. Return to the Soviet Union: Atmosphere of Stalinist terror / Arrest of Alya and Sergey Golytsino Writers' House / Frustrated attempts to publish; translations 24226. War, Evacuation, Suicide 254Afterword 265Notes 269Bibliography 291Index 295
Responsibility: Lily Feiler.

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"Born to a family of Russian intelligentsia in 1892 and coming of age in the crucible of revolution and war, Tsvetaeva has been seen as a victim of her politicized time, her life and her work marked by exile, neglect, and persecution. This book is the first to show us the poet as she discovered her life through art, shaped as much by inner demons as by the political forces and harsh realities of her day. With remarkable psychological and literary subtlety, Lily Feiler traces these demons through the tragic drama of Tsvetaeva's life and poetry. Hers is a story full of contradictions, resisting social and literary conventions but enmeshed in the politics and poetry of her time. Feiler depicts the poet in her complex relation to her contemporaries - Pasternak, Rilke, Mayakovsky, Mandelshtam, and Akhmatova. She shows us a woman embodying the values of nineteenth-century romanticism, yet radical in her poetry, supremely independent in her art, but desperate for appreciation and love, simultaneously mother and child in her complicated sexual relationships with men and women. Here we see the poet who could read her work glorifying the White Army to an audience of Red Army men, the woman who, with her husband a Soviet agent in Paris, could write a long poem about the execution of the last Tsar."--Jacket.

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