By Vladislav Khodasevich, Angela Brintlinger
Russian poet, soldier, and statesman Gavriil Derzhavin (1743–1816) lived in the course of an epoch of momentous swap in Russia—imperial enlargement, peasant revolts, warfare with Turkey, and fight with Napoleon—and he served 3 tsars, together with Catherine the good. right here in its first English translation is the masterful biography of Derzhavin by means of one other acclaimed Russian guy of letters, Vladislav Khodasevich. Derzhavin occupied a place on the heart of Russian existence, uniting civic carrier with poetic proposal and developing an oeuvre that at its essence celebrated the triumphs of Russia and its rulers, really Catherine the good. His biographer Khodasevich, in contrast, 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 normal of their concentration as Derzhavin’s odes have been grand, this biography used to be 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 creative success whereas nonetheless occupying a significant position in Russian society. Khodasevich writes with humor, intelligence, and realizing, and his paintings stands as a monument to the final 3 centuries of Russian background, lending prepared perception into Russia’s prior in addition to its current and destiny. “Khodasevich’s gentle narrative contact (as translated through Brintlinger) lends a novelistic caliber to the biography, making it a real journey de strength. All scholars and students – of heritage, literature, poetry, biography – will locate whatever of curiosity here.”—Choice
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This was the Zaporozhian ataman Chernyai. Not long before this the Zaporozhian Cossacks—under the leadership of Chernyai and another ataman, Maksim Zheleznyak, a former novice who had distinguished himself in the so-called Umanskaya Slaughter of —had plundered Polish Ukraine and laid waste the Turkish settlement of Balta. It was the destruction of Balta that served as the impetus for the ﬁrst Turkish war during Catherine’s reign. Russian forces were ordered to capture those Zaporozhians and their atamans, which they did.
How long must I live in thee so proﬂigately, Moscow? I have wanted to ﬂee an hundred times And, steel’d to go, yet an hundred times returned. ” Although not completely without a backward glance. His Moscow passions still stirred. Repentance said one thing to his soul, but the devil said something else. It all began when, after only a hundred and ﬁfty versts, Derzhavin met one of his Moscow friends in Tver and together they went through all his money. What could he do? He borrowed an additional ﬁfty rubles from another traveler (a gardener who was transporting Astrakhan grape vines to the court), somehow escaped his friend, and continued on.
They presented themselves at the palace. They forced her to get up, dress in her guards uniform, and lead the regiment back to their barracks. It was not at all easy for her to pacify her reveling supporters. The state of alarm continued for more than a week. ” This news sobered everyone. Quiet was established in and of itself. Three days before this event the musketeer Derzhavin turned nineteen. ***** Passing over her eight-year-old son, the empress rushed to secure the throne for herself. 3 In August Derzhavin was given leave and told to report to his regiment in Moscow in the ﬁrst days of September.