Bruno Jasienski: His Evolution from Futurism to Socialist Realism

Bruno Jasienski: His Evolution from Futurism to Socialist Realism

Nina Kolesnikoff

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 0889201102

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


An admirable book on Polish author Bruno Jasienski. The book includes prose translations of a handful of his poems.

Bruno Jasieñski was a bilingual Polish-Russian writer who died in exile in Siberia in 1939. This volume traces his literary evolution. The introductory biographical sketch is followed by a discussion of Jasieñski's contribution to Polish poetry, specifically the Futurist movement which, like its parallels in Russia and Italy, revolutionized poetic language. An analysis and evaluation of Jasieñski's prose work sheds light on the relationship between politics and literature in early twentieth-century Poland and Russia. Most of Jasieñski's novéis and short stories were written in the approved Soviet tradition of Socialist Realism. His Man Changes His Skin is considered one of the best Soviet industrial novéis of the 1930s.
The author's comprehensive and skillful treatment of Jasieñski's literary production, the first to appear in English, also makes a valuable contribution to the knowledge of Futurism in Eastern Europe and Socialist Realism in the Soviet Union. The volume contains numerous quotations from Polish and Russian literature, both in English translation (prepared by the author) and in the original. It will be of interest tostudents of Slavic literature, comparative literature, and the literature of ideology.

Nina Kolesnikoff holds the Ph.D.degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Albería. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Russian, McMaster University. Her articles have appeared in Canadian Slavonic Papers, Slavic and East European Journal, and Russian Language Journal.

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Contents
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
CHAPTER ONE
A Biographical Sketch 4
CHAPTER TWO
Polish Futurism: Its Origin 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 Life 1929-1934 86
CHAPTER SEVEN
Man Changes His Skin and the Industrial Novel 93
CHAPTER EIGHT
Socialist Realism in "Bravery" and A Conspiracy of the Indifferent 110
CHAPTER NINE
Grotesque Elements in The Ball of the Mannequins and "The Nose" 117
Conclusion 125
APPENDIX
A Selection of Bruno Jasieñski's Poetry with Prose Translation of Each
Poem 128
A Selected Bibliography 142
Index 146

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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