Earthly Signs: Moscow Diaries, 1917-1922
Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941) ranks with Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam, and Boris Pasternak as one of Russia's greatest twentieth-century poets. Her suicide at the age of forty-eight was the tragic culmination of a life beset by loss and hardship. This volume presents a collection of essays published in the Russian émigré press after Tsvetaeva left Moscow in 1922. Based on diaries she kept from 1917 to 1920, 'Earthly Signs' describes the broad social, economic, and cultural chaos provoked by the Bolshevik Revolution. Events and individuals are seen through the lens of her personal experience - that of a destitute young woman of upper-class background with two small children (one of whom died of starvation), a missing husband, and no means of support other than her poetry.
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Review: Earthly Signs: Moscow Diaries, 1917 1922User Review - Janet - Goodreads
I am so ambivalent about this book--Tsvetaeva was one of Russia's finest poets, a volcanic personality in life and on the page. Her poems really do require knowing something about her, and the more ... Read full review
Review: Earthly Signs: Moscow Diaries, 1917 1922User Review - Rodney - Goodreads
Tsvetaeva spent the five years that followed the October Revolution unlearning how to be bourgeois. Out with Symbolism and silk tassels on the lampshades, in with office jobs, frozen potatoes, and ... Read full review