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Night Wraps the Sky by Vladimir Mayakovsky
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Jun 28, 2012

it was amazing

An imperfect book about an imperfect poet. Mayakavosky was many things-- poet, film star, poster maker, propagandist, Soviet revolutionary supporter and, later, victim-- and this book does its best to touch on all these aspects. And it does this while including writings of Mayakovsky, some of them in fresh translations. The combination of Mayakovsky's work, along with photos and snippets of essays from others about the poet, has met with criticism. It's more a book about the poet than a book of his poetry. And? Is this a bad thing? Mayakovsky's reputation looms large in the English speaking world, but I fear more know of him than know his work. And what they know of him seems ill-informed. This book is an ideal place for the neophyte to begin and for the seasoned Mayakovsian to return. Goddamn right.

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