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On not liking Tsvetaeva

Clarence Brown, 8 September 1994

Marina Tsvetaeva: Poetics of Appropriation 
by Michael Makin.
Oxford, 355 pp., £40, January 1994, 0 19 815164 0
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by Viktoria Schweitzer, translated by Robert Chandler, H.T. Willetts and Peter Norman.
Harvill, 400 pp., £20, December 1993, 0 00 272053 1
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... ruined love affair with Rodzevich, who died in 1988 (after a career with the KGB, according to Viktoria Schweitzer), produced the Poem of the End, an anguished memorial to failed love which no one would attribute to a male consciousness and that not even Akhmatova, the poet laureate of doomed affection, could have equalled. Like a man, and like a ...

Tsvetaeva’s Turn

Simon Karlinsky, 12 November 1987

A Captive Lion: The Life of Marina Tsvetayeva 
by Elaine Feinstein.
Hutchinson, 287 pp., £15.95, February 1987, 0 09 165900 0
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The Selected Poems of Marina Tsvetayeva 
translated by Elaine Feinstein.
Hutchinson, 108 pp., £6.95, February 1987, 0 09 165931 0
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... capable and dedicated younger Tsvetaeva scholars emerged in the USSR – among them, Lev Mnukhin, Viktoria Schweitzer (who later emigrated to the United States) and Irma Kudrova. An outstandingly gifted scholar and writer, Kudrova published some brilliant essays on Tsvetaeva in Leningrad journals. At some point in the early Eighties, she completed a ...

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