My Discovery of America

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Hesperus Press, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 138 pages
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In My Discovery of America, now in its first English translation, the leading poet of Revolutionary Russia offers a fascinating account of his travels in the U.S. Touring America, by way of an enforced sojourn in Mexico, Russian poet and indefatigable traveler Vladimir Mayakovsky was able to observe firsthand what he considered to be the model for Soviet development. Although ideologically at odds with much of American culture, and taking every opportunity to propound his own political beliefs en route, he delighted in the creativity and advancement he saw, believing it to be the future for mankind. His impressions, presented here in full for the first time in English, form an inspired collection of sketches, thoughts, jottings, and poems. Vladimir Mayakovsky was the foremost poet of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and one of the founders of Russia’s Futurism movement.

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To understand contemporary America you must neither live nor visit it, you must read the travel reports of a Soviet poet from 1925: undoubtedly the best tour guide ever written. Plot: Mayakovsky goes to America. Read full review

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I liked this book, but I can't say I loved it. Maybe it was a bit oversold. Mayakovsky "kept it real" throughout, and gave candid descriptions of his boat trip over to Mexico, and his time in New York ... Read full review


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One of the great 20th century poets and playwrights, Mayakovsky was a crucial figure in the Russian literary revolution, and continued an important figure through much of Communism. He committed suicide.

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