Portraits Without Frames

Portraits Without Frames[Ebook] ➠ Portraits Without Frames Author Lev Ozerov – Heartforum.co.uk Isaac Babel Dmitry Shostakovich and Anna Akhmatova star in this series of portraits of some of the greatest writers artists and composers of the twentieth centuryWe stopped and Shklovsky told me uietl Isaac Babel Dmitry Shostakovich and Anna Akhmatova star in this series of portraits of some of the greatest writers artists and composers of the twentieth centuryWe stopped and Shklovsky told me uietly but clearly 'Remember we are on our way out On our Portraits Without Kindle - way out' And I recalled the wall of books all written by a man who lived in times that were hard to bearLev Ozerov's finest book Portraits Without Frames comprises fifty intimate skillfully crafted accounts of meetings with important figures ranging from fellow poets Anna Akhmatova and Boris Pasternak to prose writers Isaac Babel and Andrey Platonov to artists and composers Vladimir Tatlin and Dmitry Shostakovich It is both a testament to an extraordinary life and a perceptive mini encyclopedia of Soviet culture Composed in delicate rhythmic free verse Ozerov's portraits are like nothing else in Russian poetry.

Lev Ozerov – was born Lev Goldberg in Kyiv Ukraine then part of the Russian Empire He began to publish poems in the early s and as his literary career took off he adopted a Slavic sounding pseudonym from ozero the Russian word Portraits Without Kindle - for “lake” though he never rejected his Jewish roots Ozerov was a close friend of many prominent Yiddish poets including Leyb Kvitko and Shmuel Halk.

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  • Portraits Without Frames
  • Lev Ozerov
  • 08 November 2016
  • 9781681372693

10 thoughts on “Portraits Without Frames

  1. Matt says:

    Lev Ozerov is the writer you’d have pen your obituary He has the eye of the poet and the ear of the musician And when coupled with his ability to write poignantly about memory the task of remembrance is placed in studied hands Ozerov is just that—studied He wrote Portraits Without Frames later in his life recalling the artists he knew some famous some forgotten to time But not knowing who the artists are is irrelevant because Ozerov has a way of depicting sorrow grief and happiness in such beautiful simplicity His portraits reflect all the melancholy associated with growing old suffering loss and accepting fate Soviet Russia was not kind to artists who did not submit to the cultural rigors dictated from on high In fact it was often deadly So to say this is a work bereft of sentimentality is an understatement Because of this approach Ozerov enriches the reader and reminds us life can be so painful so beautiful while our memories strike us differently from the keen observer

  2. James Murphy says:

    It's appropriate I finished this book today the day on which Anna Akhmatova died in 1966 She's one of the subjects of Ozerov's Portraits Without Frames I recognized only a handful of his subjects I suspect few other than the giants like Isaac Babel or Boris Pasternak or Sergey Prokofiev or Dmitry Shostakovich would be recognized by the general reader of the west But all are made interesting in these poetic portraits To me because they lack lyricism they're poetry in form only but they're all interesting and loving making this an appealing overview of Soviet culture in the past century The overview could easily be the starting point for further inuiry What the reader recognizes early on and throughout these 50 portraits is that these are artists bound to their art but also needing to live willingly or reluctantly with the politics of the state

  3. Eadweard says:

    455from AkhmatovaEveryone on earth— shepherd or prime minister stoker or poet— wants to hear the word they have been waiting to hear all their lives As they grow older people want to know that their life has not been lived in vain from Titsian TabidzeSometimes the heart knows when it’s the last time from Leyb KvitkoBut in times of tyranny wisdom doesn’t save the wise nor is a child saved by childhood New times come in the end though always too late from Dovid HofshteynHow sweetly sad it is to be a human being” He did not specify the degree of sweetness and the degree of sadness

  4. Christine says:

    I would have enjoyed this if I was familiar with the artists that Ozerov was describing But it does make me interested in Russian literature and history

  5. Preston Stell says:

    Eual parts beautiful and original I’ve never read a poetry collection uite like this I knew of almost no one that Lev Ozerov wrote about but I was spellbound by each portrait So intimate so relatable I’ve loved few books in the same way

  6. Robert Boyd says:

    Lev Ozerov's matter or fact poems typically contain some narrative of his meeting his subjects a compendium of Soviet era writers that he came in contact with Ozerov was clearly a fan or poets and artists of all types but his life's work was as a translator It was kind of the perfect cover for someone who wanted to be involved in literature without calling attention to himself Similar strategies were employed by many of the Soviet Union's best artists He wrote these poems for the drawer They weren't collected until after his death Some of these figures he writes about will likely be well known to Western readers Boris Pasternak Isaac Babel Vladimir Tatlin Dimitri Shostakovich Sergei Prokofiev etc But the value is in his poetic portraits of lesser known figures especially Yiddish poets who were all executed on August 12 1952 in the Night of the Murdered Poets Did I say matter of fact Here's how he concludes his portrait of Yury OleshaOlesha threw back his head distractedlyLook what a starry skyAnd he began to list the starswhich he knewintimatelynot only by surnamebut even by first name

  7. Chris Browning says:

    December 2018 NYRB Book Club SelectionWould have probably enjoyed this both aesthetically and historically if I had a grasp on the Russian literaryartistic scene of the 20th century As it is I don’t so I can only appreciate it on its poetic merits which are at least in this translation not really what I’m looking for A weighty project to be sure but not one I’d plan to revisit without a wealth of background knowledge

  8. Mimzy says:

    He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living hand to mouth Goethe Goethe is correct in relating the importance of living in anothers life through even brief glimpses found in these painted word portraits These portraits of the lives of Soviet writers composers and artists that managed to create despite difficult circumstances was inspiring They found ways to give voice even though in some cases it meant persecution They live on by means of their work How profound this is to encourage creativity and life lived despite hardships I highly recommend this wonderful book published by NYRB

  9. Hodges says:

    Blue blue blue blue blue blue blue There are so many synonyms and shades of blue that it became maddening to see the word “blue” in almost every poem Interesting subject matter and brief history lesson A very good jumping off point for those who want to explore the world of 20th century Russia but didn’t really know who to start with Also free formpoetry It’s just sentencesbrokeninto seemingly random chunksof text A point to itI do notsee

  10. Geoff Greene says:

    My copy was 258 pages not 184

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