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Russian poet, soldier, and statesman Gavriil Derzhavin (1743–1816) lived in the course of an epoch of momentous switch in Russia—imperial growth, peasant revolts, struggle with Turkey, and fight with Napoleon—and he served 3 tsars, together with Catherine the nice. right here in its first English translation is the masterful biography of Derzhavin through one other acclaimed Russian guy of letters, Vladislav Khodasevich.
            Derzhavin occupied a place on the heart of Russian existence, uniting civic carrier with poetic idea and growing an oeuvre that at its essence celebrated the triumphs of Russia and its rulers, really Catherine the nice. 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 standard of their concentration as Derzhavin’s odes have been grand, this biography was once in a feeling a rediscovery of a misplaced and idyllic period, a interval while it used to be attainable to aspire to the pinnacles of inventive fulfillment whereas nonetheless occupying a vital function in Russian society.
Khodasevich writes with humor, intelligence, and realizing, and his paintings stands as a monument to the final 3 centuries of Russian heritage, lending willing perception into Russia’s prior in addition to its current and future.

“Khodasevich’s gentle 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 background, literature, poetry, biography – will locate anything of curiosity here.”—Choice

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