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Paperback, 183 pages
Published 1982 by Akal (first published 1967)
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Sep 08, 2016 Eadweard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mayakovsky. Mayakovsky. Mayakovsky.
Sep 21, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry

The sullen rain
cast a glance
Beyond the still
clear grille -
the iron reasoning of wires strung overhead -
a featherbed.
And on it
rested lightly
the legs of rising stars.
But as
the streetlamps - tsars
in crowns of gas -
began to die,
they made more painful for the eyes
the petty wars
of the bouquet of boulevard whores.
And horrid,
the lurid
pecking laughter
that jokes leave after
from the yellow roses'
poised rows
in a zig-zag.
But at the back
of all the wracking horror
and the squalor
the eye rejo
J.M. Hushour
Feb 21, 2013 J.M. Hushour rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A comprehensive (though far from complete) collection of Marshall's great translations. Chock full of useful footnotes, lots of commentary on the poems, a chronology, the minutes of an exhibition which was Mayakovsky's last public appearance, etc. Any fan of Mayakovsky should try to track this collection down. I think it's out of print but findable. One of the 20th century's greatest poets:
"My words
aren't used
to caress
and adulate;
not with semi-obscenities
maiden ears curly ringed
Sep 13, 2009 Tara rated it really liked it
This book was heavy. I'm interested in finding a newer translation, as I fear I lost some of the meaning. (The content was awesome though a struggle at points, and the verse was awkward.) Most of Mayakovsky's poetry deals with the Russian Revolution of 1917, and his revolutionary activity on forward. I enjoyed his work so much, especially 'Cloud in Pants' and 'My Soviet Passport'. His love poetry is spot on for those who've mourned over the most awful of love loss. 'I Love' is an especially ...more
Jul 08, 2008 Alex rated it really liked it
Nótese que mi afecto hacia el soviet es meramente platónico. Ayer leí la obra Mayakovski (mal deletreado en éstaedición) y no hizo otra cosa mas que enervarme con rojo y amarillo.

Mayakovsky no es un artista, es un artesano. Cual herrero moscovino, toma las palabras con sus rudas manos y las martillea hasta darles forma y función. Es una mezcla de escultor y herrero. Es tosco. Es sublimemente tosco.
Enjoyable, but I'm not sure how much I like the translation compared to others I've read. Would have liked a more complete selection of Mayakovsky's work, as well.
Greg Bem
Oct 29, 2014 Greg Bem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I felt my insides rally under a banner I never knew in the face, never knew willingly, openly, his voice channeling history and historic prowess into my best and worst moods.
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Mayakovsky [Владимир Маяковский] was born the last of three children in Baghdati, Russian Empire (now in Georgia) where his father worked as a forest ranger. His father was of Ukrainian Cossack descent and his mother was of Ukrainian descent. Although Mayakovsky spoke Georgian at school and with friends, his family spoke primarily Russian at home. At the age of 14 Mayakovsky took part in socialist ...more
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