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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 enlargement, peasant revolts, struggle with Turkey, and fight with Napoleon—and he served 3 tsars, together with Catherine the nice. the following 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 middle of Russian existence, uniting civic carrier with poetic notion 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 ordinary 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 whilst it used to be attainable to aspire to the pinnacles of inventive fulfillment whereas nonetheless occupying a imperative function 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 historical past, lending prepared perception into Russia’s previous 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 background, literature, poetry, biography – will locate anything of curiosity here.”—Choice

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