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Lermontov: Tragedy in the Caucasus

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Writer, cavalry officer, celebrity – Mikhail Lermontov moved in an atmosphere of political intrigue and personal recklessness, producing works considered second only to Pushkin’s in Russian literature and a career which has often been compared to Byron’s.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 14th 2003 by Tauris Parke Paperbacks (first published 1977)
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Nick
Jun 17, 2011 Nick rated it liked it
Laurence Kelly probably makes the life of an early nineteenth-century poet as accessible and readable as possible. Of course, he is assisted by the topic - Lermontov was a brave soldier but a restless mind, skeptical about the monarchy, a painter of merit, and the beloved author not just of significant poetry but of "A Hero of our Time," that first Russian masterpiece of a novel. His quick tongue and distaste for pomp eventually cost him his life in a duel where he apparently refused to fire at ...more
Jess
Una biografia breve e intensa, come breve e intensa, del resto, è stata la vita di Michail Lermontov. A volte l'ho trovata un po' carente dell'energia che il poeta deve aver avuto e che mi aspettavo di ritrovare in un testo in cui viene riportata la sua storia e avrei gradito qualche citazione in più dalla corrispondenza (che credo non si trovi tradotta, anyone?) oltre a qualche precisazione (in una nota si dice che Ekaterina Sushkova non è una fonte affidabile, ma non ci si sofferma a dire il p ...more
Lee
Sep 15, 2012 Lee rated it really liked it
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Great book. Recommended to know at least something about the Russian-Caucasian war that Lermontov was involved in, as the author goes into some detail without giving any background for the uninitiated.
Also worth noting that many of Lermontov's poems are included in the Appendix, which is a real bonus
James
While both scholarly and well-researched, this biography is also very readable. It provides a detailed overview of the life of the great romantic writer of poetry and prose, providing valuable criticism. I enjoyed learning about the life of the author of one of my favorites, A Hero of our Time.
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