The Stray Dog Cabaret: A Book of Russian Poems (New York Review Books Classics) [Paperback] Various

The Stray Dog Cabaret: A Book of Russian Poems (New York Review Books Classics) [Paperback] Various

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: New York Review Books; Main edition (14 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590171918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590171912
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 20.3 cm

In the years before the 1917 Russian Revolution, the Stray Dog cabaret in St. Petersburg was the haunt of poets, artists, and musicians, a place to meet, drink, read, brawl, celebrate, and stage performances of all kinds. It has since become a symbol of the extraordinary literary ferment of that time. It was then that Alexander Blok composed his apocalyptic sequence "Twelve"; that the futurists Velimir Khlebnikov and Vladimir Mayakovsky exploded language into bold new forms; that the lapidary lyrics of Osip Mandelstam and plangent love poems of Anna Akhmatova saw the light; that the electrifying Marina Tsvetaeva stunned and dazzled everyone. Boris Pasternak was also of this company, putting together his great youthful hymn to nature, My Sister, Life.



It was a transforming moment-not just for Russian but for world poetry―and a short-lived one. Within little more than a decade, revolution and terror were to disperse, silence, and destroy almost all the poets of the Stray Dog cabaret.


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