Less Than One

Selected Essays

Joseph Brodsky

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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 essay.

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"[E]vinces a supple, witty mastery of the English language...[P]rovides deeply illuminating insights into the Russian literary tradition, political climate, and modern poetry and poetics." --Library Journal

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Joseph Brodsky

Joseph Brodsky (1940-96) came to the United States in 1972, an involuntary exile from the Soviet Union. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987 and served as Poet Laureate of the United States in 1991 and 1992.

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Less Than One
Selected Essays
Joseph Brodsky

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National Book Critics Circle Awards - Winner

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
May 1987
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ISBN: 9780374520557
ISBN10: 0374520550
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 516 pages
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