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Russian poet, soldier, and statesman Gavriil Derzhavin (1743–1816) lived in the course of an epoch of momentous swap in Russia—imperial growth, peasant revolts, struggle with Turkey, and fight with Napoleon—and he served 3 tsars, together with Catherine the good. right here in its first English translation is the masterful biography of Derzhavin by way of one other acclaimed Russian guy of letters, Vladislav Khodasevich.
            Derzhavin occupied a place on the heart of Russian lifestyles, uniting civic carrier with poetic proposal and developing an oeuvre that at its essence celebrated the triumphs of Russia and its rulers, quite Catherine the good. His biographer Khodasevich, against this, left Russia in 1922, not able to abide the more and more repressive regime of the Soviets. For Khodasevich, whose lyric poems have been as normal of their concentration as Derzhavin’s odes have been grand, this biography used to be in a feeling a rediscovery of a misplaced and idyllic period, a interval while it was once attainable to aspire to the pinnacles of creative success whereas nonetheless occupying a crucial position in Russian society.
Khodasevich writes with humor, intelligence, and figuring out, and his paintings stands as a monument to the final 3 centuries of Russian background, lending willing perception into Russia’s prior in addition to its current and future.

“Khodasevich’s mild narrative contact (as translated through Brintlinger) lends a novelistic caliber to the biography, making it a real travel de strength. All scholars and students – of historical past, literature, poetry, biography – will locate whatever of curiosity here.”—Choice

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