Under Eastern Eyes: The West as Reflected in Recent Russian by Arnold McMillin

By Arnold McMillin

This number of essays issues perceptions of the West as mirrored within the paintings of Russian writers of the 3rd Wave of emigration. The authors comprise a number of recognized writers similar to Aksenov, Gladilin, Zinik and Loseff in addition to Soviet and Western students, and the result's either diverse and fantastic: within the gentle it throws at the Russian mentality, at the phenomenon of exile and on elements of the West. it's going to curiosity scholars of up to date literature, of the Soviet mentality, and of exile in most cases.

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NSKA, 145) At times the lyric hero feels himself in a state of at least secret war with the surrounding minus-territory. 'Ia ... shpion, lazutchik, piataia kolonnal gniloi tsivilizatsii .. ' (ChR, 28). In 'Barbizon terras', the hotel in which I, in this instance 'chelovek v korichnevom', is staying is compared with the Trojan horse. 'The man in brown' finds that: Home and Abroad in the Works of Brodskii 39 Krov' v viskakh stuchit, kak ne priniatoe nikem i vernuvsheesia vosvoiasi morze. (U, 38) There is one exception in the deeply negative, chaotic, unsubstantiated geography of the West.

A. Shakhovskoi (Marina Tsvetaeva, Neizdannye pis'ma [Paris, 1972], pp. , p. 317). S. S. S. Mirsky, Uncollected Writings on Russian Literature (Oakland, 1989). S. 25-35. 'London - 1940', in Gleb Struve, Utloe zhi/'e. Izbrannye stikhi 19151949gg. (Munich, 1965), p. 74; 'Londontsam', in Anna Akhmatova, Stikhotvoreniia i poemy (Leningrad, 1976), pp. 208-9. F. Khodasevichu, 2' (1943, London): see Utloe zhil'e, pp. 75, 77-8, 82 respectively. For a selection of Bakunina's poetry, see Sodruzhestvo. Iz sovremennoi poezii russkogo zarubezh'ia (Washington, 1966), pp.

Auden, and after him Chester Kallman, have disappeared, never to return, by the time we get to line 13 of this 56-line text (unless Auden stands behind the tebia of line 43, which seems doubtful). The poem then becomes a first-person meditation on Time and human purpose. The most personal section of it, which occupies the fifth stanza, laments the poet's failing powers and registers his increasing sense of desolation. The stanza that stands formally at the centre of the poem, the fourth, is where the local theme is brought to a head.

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