Vladimir Ilych Lenin


Vladimir Mayakovsky

Vladimir Mayakovsky Published by Smokestack Books ISBN 9780995767515 EAN 9780995767515 Paperback

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‘Never have I wanted to be understood so much as in this poem,’ said Mayakovsky of his 3,000 line epic ‘Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.’ Written immediately after the death of Lenin’s in 1924, it proudly and passionately sets the story of the Bolshevik leader’s life against the history of capitalism and the trajectory of Soviet communism. By turns declamatory, lyrical, journalistic and colloquial, the poem is an extraordinary record of the utopian excitement of the early years of the Revolution – as well a warning that Lenin should not become an icon. It was Mayakovsky’s most significant work; no other book of his was ever printed in such large numbers. A public reading of the poem at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1930 received a 20 minute standing ovation.

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