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Vladislav Khodasevich

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VLADISLAV FELITSIyANOVICH KHODASEVICH (1886-1939) was a poet, critic and memoirist. While a gymnasium student and while studying at Moscow University, he became acquainted with many of the great personalities of the Silver Age of Russian literature. However, he always felt a very acute isolation and separation from the literary process, and was keenly sensitive to the disturbing events taking place all around him. At first, Khodasevich welcomed the revolution of 1917, but by 1922 he had become disillusioned by it and left Russia, living out his days in France. Over the next two decades, Khodasevich came to have an increasingly dismal view of the world: he did not feel part of emigrant circles, was unable to accept the European lifestyle, and could not accept the changes that were occurring in the USSR. His works became increasingly gloomy, or, as is often said of him, “bilious.” Khodasevich died a painful death from liver cancer, in severe poverty. His memoir, Necropolis, is one of the most interesting eyewitness accounts of the personalities of the Silver Age.


Chtenia: Spring 2009

Author: Vladislav Khodasevich
Translator: Lydia Razran Stone
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