Things that Happened, Issue 19
Boris Slutsky, one of the most original of Russian poets, belongs to Solzhenitsyn s generation, but unlike him Slutsky did not reveal publicly his disillusionment with Stalinism and Soviet labels. He remained a member of the literary establishment if not entirely trusted by Soviet officials until his mental breakdown in 1977. He was, in one critic s phrase, the black box in the fuselage of the USSR. Gerald Smith of Oxford University has assembled Slutsky s poetry and prose to paint a gripping portrait of a highly intelligent and articulate Soviet patriot passing through the dynamism and terror of the 1930s; a twice-wounded political instructor fighting for the motherland in World War II; an increasingly skeptical witness to the re-Stalinization of Russia during the cold war; and an ironical observer of the 1960s youth culture poetry and finally of the decline of the Communist ideal into senility during the Brezhnev era. Slutsky s work, always understated does not sing; it reports. Its power lies in its clear and dispassionate observations.
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this is a nice collection of poetry (with some non-fiction autobiographical materials) from Boris Slutsky. Gs Smith (translater and editor) has done an excellent job of annnotating each of entries to ... Read full review