Selected Poems

Northwestern University Press, 30 . 2013 . - : 404

James McGavrans new translation of Vladimir Mayakovskys poetry is the first to fully capture the Futurist and Soviet agitprop artists voice. Because of his work as a propagandist for the Soviet regime, and because of his posthumous enshrinement by Stalin as the best and most talented poet of our Soviet epoch, Mayakovsky has most often been interpretedand translatedwithin a political context. McGavrans translations reveal a more nuanced poet who possessed a passion for word creation and linguistic manipulation. Mayakovskys bombastic metaphors and formal élan shine through in these translations, and McGavrans commentary provides vital information on Mayakovsky, illuminating the poets many references to the Russian literary canon, his contemporaries in art and culture, and Soviet figures and policies.

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Vladmir Mayakovsky (18931930), one of Russias greatest twentieth-century writers, was a Futurist, early Bolshevik, and champion of the avant-garde.

James H. McGavran III is a visiting assistant professor of Russian at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.