Monthly Archives: March 2018
No country, no churchyard: Why the body of Joseph Brodsky was buried only a year and a half after his departure
The fate of the brilliant poet Joseph Brodsky was not always kind to him. At home, he was persecuted, he was placed in a psychiatric clinic, and after emigration was not allowed even to come to the USSR to bury his family. And even after his departure boiled passions and disputes about how, where should rest his body. It took a whole year and a half to find a place for the last rest of the poet.
Unloved son of his homeland
The first public performance at the tournament of poets 20-year-old Joseph Brodsky led to a scandal. Continue reading
The arbiter of fate: How did the famous Russian writers of the Silver age get a start in life thanks to Zinaida hippius
Perhaps, there was no more controversial figure in the Russian literary society of the Silver age than Zinaida hippius. She was considered one of the most beautiful and intelligent women of the era, she was simultaneously praised and insulted, worshipped her and feared her sharp tongue. The poet was called a witch and sylph, but the most famous nickname was “satanasa”. She could mercilessly criticize writers and poets, but the approved Zinaida hippius could count on her protection.
Zinaida hippius from childhood wrote poetry and seriously planned to engage in literary activities. Because of the father’s service, the family often had to move from place to place, so the girl could not fully study, but filled the gaps in knowledge with governesses. Continue reading