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Less Than One: Selected Essays by Joseph…

Less Than One: Selected Essays (1986)

by Joseph Brodsky

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Brodski é cativante quando conta suas histórias de vida, a infância marginal na União Soviética, a perseguição, a emigração e os problemas dos pais; e também em seus ensaios sobre história e literatura. Ao mesmo tempo que sua história é trágica e comovente, ele nos faz rir, como quando descreve os estranhos trabalhos que teve, ainda na União Soviética. Seus ensaios mostram sua veneração por alguns autores, e excitam, deixam o leitor curioso, louco para ler mais do que os versos que ele apresenta. Ensaios como “A Guide to a Renamed City” ou “Footnote to a Poem” são tão maravilhosos que senti pena quando terminaram. Adoro como ele fala de como a literatura russa escolheu seguir o caminho de Tolstói, não as grandiosidades de Dostoiévski. ( )
  JuliaBoechat | Mar 30, 2013 |
This collection of Brodsky's essays displays the full range of interests; poetic, literary, political and historical. Essays on writers deal with Akhmatova, Tsvetneva and Madlestam, as well as western poets like Auden, Montale, Cavafy and Derek Walcott. In "Catalogues in the Art", Brodsky addresses the history and future of Russian prose, and in "On Tyranny" and "Flight from Byzantium", he offers meditations on history and the modern age.
  antimuzak | Oct 27, 2005 |
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This collection of essays thrusts Brodsky--heretofore known more for his poetry and translations--into the forefront of the "Third Wave" of Russian emigre writers. His insights into the works of Dostoyevsky, Mandelstam, Platonov, as well as non-Russian poets Auden, Cavafy and Montale are brilliant. While the Western popularity of many other Third Wavers has been stunted by their inability to write in English, Brodsky consumed the language to attain a "closer proximity" to poets such as Auden. The book, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, opens and closes with revealing autobiographical essays.

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