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Vladimir Mayakovsky was one of the towering literary figures of pre and post revolutionary Russia, speaking as much to the working man he often employed the rough talk of the streets and revolutionary rhetoric in his poetry as to other poets his creative fascination with sound and form, linguistic metamorphosis and variation made him a sort of poet s poet , the doyen, if not the envy, of his contemporaries, Pasternak among them His poetry, influenced by Whitman and Verhaeren and strangely akin to modern rock poetry in its erotic thrust, bluesy complaints and cries of pain, not to mention its sardonic humour, is at once aggressive, mocking and tender, and often fantastic or grotesque Pro Eto That s What is a long love poem detailing the pain and suffering inflicted on the poet by his lover and her final rejection of him But as well as being an agonising parable of separation and betrayal, it is also a political work, highly critical of Lenin s reforms of Soviet Socialism The publication of That s What is something of a landmark for not only is this the first time that this seminal work has appeared in its entirety in translation, but it is illustrated with the 11 inspired photomontages that Alexander Rodchenko designed to interleave and illuminate the text, illustrations which inaugurate a world of new possibilities in combining verbal and visual forms of expression and which are reproduced in colour as originally conceived for the first time....

Title : Pro Eto - That's What (ARC Classics: New Translations of Great Poetry of the Past)
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ISBN : 1904614310
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Arc Publications May 1, 2009
Number of Pages : 176 pages
File Size : 998 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Pro Eto - That's What (ARC Classics: New Translations of Great Poetry of the Past) Reviews

  • Courtney
    2019-03-30 11:51

    Fun read if you're into Russian literature and culture, and having both languages is key for a language major like myself. Not a perfect translation it seems, so far, and the location aspect gets frustrating at times, but overall a great way to have this book

  • Katherine M. Hill
    2019-04-25 07:00

    The reproductions of Rodchenko's images are exceptionally well done in this edition. My only issue is that the translation is often unfaithful to Mayakovsky's poem. Mayakovsky is particularly difficult to translate, so it is no surprise, but there are glaringly strange choices made in this translation which alter the meaning of certain lines significantly.