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By Sanna Turoma

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ISBN-13: 9780299236342

Expelled from the Soviet Union in 1972 and venerated with the Nobel Prize fifteen years later, poet Joseph Brodsky in lots of methods healthy the grand culture of exiled author. yet Brodsky’s years of exile didn't render him motionless: notwithstanding he by no means back to his liked Leningrad, he used to be loose to shuttle the area and write approximately it. In Brodsky in another country, Sanna Turoma discusses Brodsky’s poems and essays approximately Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, and Venice. hard conventional conceptions at the back of Brodsky’s prestige as a number one ?migr? poet and significant descendant of Russian and Euro-American modernism, she relocates the research of his commute texts within the diversified context of up to date commute and its critique. Turoma perspectives Brodsky’s go back and forth writing as a reaction not just to his exile but additionally to the postmodern and postcolonial panorama that at first formed the writing of those texts.     In his Latin American encounters, Brodsky shows disdain for third-world politics and invokes the elegiac style to reject Mexico’s postcolonial truth and to paradoxically embody the romanticism of an prior Russian and ecu imperial age. In an essay on Istanbul he assumes Russia’s ambiguous place among East and West as his personal to barter a different, and debatable, interpretation of Orientalism. And, Venice, the emblematic vacationer urban, turns into the location for a reinvention of his lyric self as extra fluid, hybrid, and cosmopolitan.     Brodsky in a foreign country unearths the poet’s formerly uncharted trajectory from alienated dissident to celebrated guy of letters and provides new views at the geopolitical, philosophical, and linguistic premises of his poetic mind's eye.

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This is one of Brodsky’s early 1960s poems about Moscow, and the observations of Moscow’s street life, more cosmopolitan than in Brodsky’s native Leningrad, soon turn into a contemplation of the lyric subject’s sense of nonbelonging and of his impatience with his own restlessness: 32 Exile, Tourist, Traveler И желтизна разрозненных монет, и цвет лица криптоновый все чаще, гони меня, как новый Ганимед хлебну зимой изгнаннической чаши и не пойму, откуда и куда я двигаюсь, как много я теряю во времени, в дороге повторяя: ох, Боже мой, какая ерунда.

The need to rejuvenate the canonical image of the Russian lyric hero is highlighted by the choice of the Pushkin subtext. The rural setting of Pushkin’s poem is replaced by the industrial landscape of a Soviet suburbia. Pushkin’s wilderness of “kholm lesistii” (forested hill) is replaced by the “peninsula of factories, paradise of work shops and arcadia of mills,” where the lyric subject is encountered not by Pushkin’s “three pine trees” but by three street-lights: “Is it really not me, / lit-up by three street-lights .

Carr’s classic study of the nineteenth-century Russian intellectuals clustered around Hertzen, The Romantic Exiles. 11 The crux of Said’s essay is to think of exile outside the canonized literary discourses: “To concentrate on exile as a contemporary political punishment, Exile, Tourist, Traveler 21 you must therefore map territories of experience beyond those mapped by the literature of exile itself. , 175). Brodsky’s “The Condition We Call Exile” starts out as what seems to be an affirmative response to the changes in the social and historico-political circumstances brought up by Said.

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