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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: Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Feiler, Lily, 1915-
Marina Tsvetaeva.
Durham : Duke University Press, 1994
(OCoLC)621857954
Named Person: Marina T︠S︡vetaeva; Marina Cvetaeva; Marina I Cvetaeva
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lily Feiler
ISBN: 0822314827 9780822314820
OCLC Number: 30027093
Description: xiii, 299 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
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."--BOOK JACKET.

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