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By Nina Kolesnikoff

An admirable booklet on Polish writer Bruno Jasienski. The booklet contains prose translations of a handful of his poems.

Bruno Jasieñski was once a bilingual Polish-Russian author who died in exile in Siberia in 1939. This quantity lines his literary evolution. The introductory biographical cartoon is via a dialogue of Jasieñski's contribution to shine poetry, in particular the Futurist flow which, like its parallels in Russia and Italy, revolutionized poetic language. An research and overview of Jasieñski's prose paintings sheds gentle at the dating among politics and literature in early twentieth-century Poland and Russia. such a lot of Jasieñski's novéis and brief tales have been written within the licensed Soviet culture of Socialist Realism. His guy adjustments His dermis is taken into account the best Soviet business novéis of the Thirties.
The author's accomplished and skillful remedy of Jasieñski's literary construction, the 1st to seem in English, additionally makes a priceless contribution to the data of Futurism in jap Europe and Socialist Realism within the Soviet Union. the quantity comprises various quotations from Polish and Russian literature, either in English translation (prepared by means of the writer) and within the unique. it will likely be of curiosity tostudents of Slavic literature, comparative literature, and the literature of ideology.

Nina Kolesnikoff holds the Ph.D.degree in Comparative Literature from the collage of Albería. She is at the moment Assistant Professor within the division of Russian, McMaster college. Her articles have seemed in Canadian Slavonic Papers, Slavic and East eu magazine, and Russian Language Journal.

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Contents
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
CHAPTER ONE
A Biographical caricature 4
CHAPTER TWO
Polish Futurism: Its foundation and Aesthetic Programme 10
CHAPTER THREE
The Poetry of Bruno Jasieñski and the Futurist Quest to Renovate
Poetic Language 23
CHAPTER FOUR
The Lay of Jakub Szela and Folklore 59
CHAPTER FIVE
I Burn París—A Utopian Novel 74
CHAPTER SIX
Bruno Jasieñski and Soviet Literary existence 1929-1934 86
CHAPTER SEVEN
Man alterations His pores and skin and the commercial Novel 93
CHAPTER EIGHT
Socialist Realism in "Bravery" and A Conspiracy of the detached 110
CHAPTER NINE
Grotesque parts within the Ball of the Mannequins and "The Nose" 117
Conclusion 125
APPENDIX
A choice of Bruno Jasieñski's Poetry with Prose Translation of Each
Poem 128
A chosen Bibliography 142
Index 146

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One interesting aspect of this phonetically dominated composition of words is its similarity to the sounds of a foreign language. The accumulation of the consonants r and h, the repetition of vowels, and the introduction of some exotic words, such as "myrrah," "han," "arabistan," créate the impression that the poet is actually rendering an Arabic language. The use of this technique of rendering foreign languages by means of trans-rational poetry was a widespread tendency among the Russian Cubo-Futurists.

The same interest in derivatives was also characteristic of Futurist poetry in Poland. The majority of neologisms invented by Aleksander Wat or Anatol Stern are derivatives from a common root. In Wat's "The Lives," for instance, there are many derivatives from the root pión: i kosujka ptonac tak i píomyki píomieñ rozptonecznionych bezptoni^c doplonac, dopton^c, ptonacze i ptonaczki sptonacy ptomieñczarze biatouscie! daj biaíousciech! 21 17 Julián Tuwim, Slopiewnie (Poznañ, 1935). 18 The concept of "disautomatization" was developed by Víctor Shklovskii in his "Iskusstvo kak priem," Poetika (Petrograd, 1919).

A similar semantic relationship characterizes rhymes in "To the Futurists," in which "rokoko" (rococó) and "poetycznosci" (poetic) from the lexicón of art are contrasted with the medical term "gonokok" (gonococcus) and with the harsh neologism "wkrosci" (to pimple). Even rhymes based on tautology reveal subtle semantic differences. In "Marching" the word "krew" (blood) appears four times in a rhyming position, and each time its meaning varíes, depending on the context: Co? .. Co? Lezy ... Krew ...

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