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Mikhail Kuzmin

A Life in Art

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ISBN 9780674530874

Publication Date: 04/30/1999


496 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

11 halftones


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One cannot praise this biography too highly; the narrative is fascinating. To do this for a Russian poet, none of whose verse exists in a good English translation, is a remarkable achievement. Malmstad and Bogomolov have devoted three decades to their subject and their period, and move easily in Kuzmin’s milieu.—Donald Rayfield, Times Literary Supplement

The work of Malmstad and Bogomolov is a monumental enterprise, a thorough and highly informative study that opens an entirely new perspective on the so-called Silver Age of Russian literature.—Tomas Venclova, New Republic

This definitive biography…draws heavily on unpublished materials and is aimed, despite the relative unavailability of Kuzmin’s work in translation, at the widest possible readership… This book substantially increases our knowledge not only of Kuzmin but of the whole period in which he lived (particularly where it concerns the revolutionary gay scene in St. Petersburg).—Rosamund Bartlett, Times Higher Educational Supplement

Meticulously detailed, Malmstad’s monumental study explores the private agonies of Kuzmin’s complicated personal life; insists in his contribution to Russian letters; and offers a fascinating depiction of the intermeshed lives of Russia’s artistic elite during the Silver Age and the first two decades of the Soviet Union.—M. G. Levine, Choice

Not only the first scholarly biography of Mikhail Kuzmin, but ipso facto a major new study of the Russian Silver Age that illuminates some of its most important facets—literary, theatrical, musical and the gay subculture that contributed in such a major way to its luster. As a narrative, I really found it difficult to put down. Mikhail Kuzmin: A Life in Art is a splendid work of scholarship, well-wrought, engaging, indispensable to anyone interested in the culture of the Russian Silver Age.—Ronald Vroon, University of California, Los Angeles

Kuzmin created a cultural role unique for Russia—in the primacy the poet gave to aesthetic concerns, in the balance between art and life that he achieved, and in the ways in which he chose to represent his (homo)sexual self. Kuzmin is immensely fortunate: though belatedly, he has received perhaps the most thorough and clear-headed treatment of all twentieth-century Russian poets.—Irina Paperno, University of California, Berkeley

This monumental work sets standards for literary scholarship. Tightly packed with information to a large extent totally new for the reader, it is free from pedantry, keeps the reader in suspense, is continuously engaging, and is well tailored to the English-speaking audience.—Lazar Fleishman, Stanford University

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