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Leningrad Poetry 1953–1975

The Thaw Generation

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Emily Lygo

This is the first book-length study of the outstanding generation of Leningrad poets whose careers began during the Khrushchev Thaw. The text brings together memoirs, interviews, and archival research to construct an account of the world of poetry in Leningrad, in which many now-famous figures began writing. The author describes the institutions, official events, unofficial groups, and informal activities that were attended by many young poets, including the pre-eminent poet of this generation, Iosif Brodsky. Alongside a detailed study of Brodsky’s work from the early 1970s are close readings of two other major poets from this generation whose work has often been overlooked, Viktor Sosnora and Dmitry Bobyshev.

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Index Acmeism 242, 324 Admoni, Vladimir 32n42, 54, 80, 81, 82, 94, 94n33, 110 Ageev, Leonid 36, 39, 48, 66, 68, 70n160, 75, 87n10, 92n27, 103, 326, 332 Aigi, Gennady 7 Akhmadulina, Bella 2, 7, 121 Akhmatova, Anna, 8, 13, 32, 116n86, 112, 324 and ‘magic choir’ (also known as ‘Akhmatova’s orphans’) 54,56, 57, 94, 247, 329 Aliger, Margarita 45 anti-Semitism 31, 31n40, 44, 93, 98, 212, 193 Antologiya sovetskoi patologii (Anthology of Soviet pathology) (samizdat journal) 64 archives 26n29, 53, 70, 73, 77, 128n116 Aref 'ev, Aleksandr 33, 329 Aronzon, Leonid 51, 57, 98–9, 99n44, 100, 329 artists (graphic) 7, 33, 33n48, 65, 100, 106, 115, 127, 269, 329 apartment exhibitions 115 bulldozer exhibition 127n112 Aseev, Nikolay 68, 72, 174 Averbakh, Il'ya 39, 326 Avrora (Aurora) (journal) 36, 101, 103, 105, 110, 111, 124, 235 Baroque language see Bobyshev, Dmitry Basmanova, Marina 233, 246 Batshev, Vladimir 7, 86n8, 96, 97, 121 Berggol'ts, Ol'ga 16, 18, 19, 20, 48, 143 Berlin, Viktor 41, 45, 46, 326 Betaki, Vasily 68, 87n11, 120, 121, 329, 332 Bitov, Andrey 57, 104, 326, 329, 332 Blok, Aleksandr, seminars on see Dmitry Maksimov Bobyshev, Dmitry 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 39, 41n77, 47, 55, 56, 58, 98, 112, 125, 234–73 ‘Baroque’ language 10, 266, 270 biography 233–5 conflict with Brodsky 9, 233–4, 246, 249 emigration 234–5, 263–8 in Sintaksis 60, 61, 62, 63 religion 116 works: ‘Bol'shoe yabloko’ (‘The big apple’) 263–4 ‘Chto-to lepechet’ (‘Something is babbling’)...

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