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Paperback, 280 pages
Published 2012 by Ugly Duckling Presse (first published 2000)
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Jacob Wren
In his 2007 essay Literature Will Be Tested, Kirill Medvedev writes:

The idea that follows is that in a “normal” society, various strata would get along independently of one another: large corporations would be independent of the proletariat working in their mines and oil fields, bohemia would be independent of the large corporations whom it serves, and so forth. At the same time, nearly every person (especially every artist) wants to be considered unique, separate, independent, disconnected from
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Luke Franklin
Mar 07, 2014 Luke Franklin rated it it was amazing
As with most poetry or essay collections I read, I'm not exactly going cover to cover, here. I had previously read work by and about Medvedev in N+1 (and greatly appreciated his long essay on Dmitri Kuzmin, and not just because I used it to sound up-to-date on matters Russian and poetical in grad school admissions interviews). The poetry translations seem well-done, and I'm searching out the originals (fairly easy to find online thanks to Medvedev's radical stance on copyright), but really, this ...more
Will
Mar 05, 2013 Will rated it it was amazing
To call Kirill Medvedev a poet is to focus on only one aspect of his work: Medvedev is a committed socialist political activist, essayist, leftist publisher, and literary critic who lives in Moscow and who uses the medium of poetry as his artistic base for a broader discussion of art and politics, and the artist's place in today's global consumer capitalist society.

In 2004, Medvedev renounced the copyright to his own work and forbid any publication of his works via a LiveJournal blog post (inclu
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Amy
Mar 17, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
In which Kirill Medvedev (in translation) searches for the soul of leftist, post-Soviet poetry through poems, essays and accounts of idealistic, but largely ineffective actions.

A poet is even freer than others, because unlike the artists, musician, or theater director the poet doesn't need any capital to create works. The conditions of production are so cheap that a poet can believe his work is connected directly to the fabric of life, that it prevails over its context and circumstances. [p.23
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Hati Bell
Jul 27, 2014 Hati Bell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik heb zelden een boek gelezen dat zo verweven is met de auteur dat het onduidelijk is waar het 'verhaal' begint en waar de auteur. Misschien maakt het ook niet uit, want Alles is slecht van Kirill Medvedev is niet een standaard roman te noemen. Medvedev is o.a. een Russische dichter, auteur, maar bovenal linkse activist. Hij is een van de intellectuelen die het via zijn blog, pamfletten en andere schrijfsels opneemt tegen het huidige politiek klimaat in Rusland.

Wat is Alles is slecht dan eigenl
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Peter Landau
Apr 07, 2013 Peter Landau rated it it was amazing
One of my kids asked what the title of this book meant. I said, it had to do with not liking the way things are. What I didn't add was that its author doesn't only acknowledge the crap, he does what he can, he struggles to figure out what he can do, to clean it up. He makes writing meaningful as a cultural and political action, without the odious backwash that usually follows such a statement. He writes poems that are polemics, actions that are poems and essays that are inspiring. It's like in ...more
Røbert
Feb 01, 2016 Røbert rated it liked it
Book containing a selection of Medvedev's poetry and short essays, in a collaborative translation by Keith Gessen, Mark Krotov, Cory Merrill and Bela Shayevich. All centre around the post-Soviet political situation in Russia and the reaction against it (of which Medvedev's writing is part). Provides an insider's view of the tensions within modern Russia and artists response to these which is only touched on simplisticly in Western media. To me the poetry is the most successful in doing this. A ...more
David
Apr 17, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: highly-recommend
The english translation of the debut of Kirill Medvedev, a brilliant essayist and an authoritative critic of the contemporary literary scene in russia. a must read for anyone who wants to understand contemporary aesthetics, the depoliticization of literature, or for anyone that maintains a hope for our future, the future of art and our lives, this is your book.
Jesse
Oct 31, 2014 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
'Iedereen heeft zijn eigen fascisme,' waarschuwt Medvedev. Wat is het jouwe? Lees mijn hele recensie op 8Weekly.nl.
Joe Milazzo
Apr 18, 2016 Joe Milazzo rated it it was amazing
"for a long time I wanted / no one to know about me, / and then I wanted / everyone to know about my anonymity / and for everyone to understand this as / their punishment; now I have love"
Sean Carman
May 12, 2013 Sean Carman rated it it was amazing
A great window into the contemporary political situation in Russia through the eyes of poet and activist Kirill Medvedev. This is a great book.
Peter
Jun 16, 2016 Peter rated it it was amazing
some of the poetry is crap, but i learned more about contemporary leftist politics and art in russia than i could have possibly imagined
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Medvedev gives me hope for the future of the human race.
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