Nikolai Klyuev

Paper Text – $39.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-3483-6

Cloth Text – $120.00

ISBN 978-0-8101-2657-2
Publication Date
May 2016
Page Count
416 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Nikolai Klyuev

Time and Text, Place and Poet
Michael Makin

Nikolai Klyuev is the first book in English to examine the life and work of this enigmatic poet. Klyuev (1884–1937) rose to prominence in the early twentieth century as the first of the so-called "new peasant poets" but later fell victim to Stalinist hostility to both his cultural ideology and his homosexuality. He was arrested and exiled in 1933, then shot in 1937.
Klyuev’s work incorporates rich elements of folklore, mysticism, politics, and religion, and he sometimes invokes arcane Russian syntax and vocabulary. Makin’s feat is particularly notable because Klyuev was often elusive in his own accounts of his life, and Makin successfully brings into focus the poet’s deliberate strategies of self-mythologization. Nikolai Klyuev is an indispensable guide to life and the work an important poet winning wider recognition outside of Russia.
About the Author

MICHAEL MAKIN is a professor of Slavic languages and literature at the University of Michigan and the author of Marina Tsvetaeva: Poetics of Appropriation.

“Son ouvrage est pionnier en Occident  où l'œuvre du poète, faute d'avoir bénéficié du même engouement que celle de ses  contemporains - Anna Axmatova, Marina Cvetaeva, Osip Mandel'štam, Boris Pasternak -, n'a pas jusqu'alors fait l'objet de monographies." —Institut d'études slaves

“[This] book is a pioneer in the West, where the poet's work, not having received the same enthusiasm as that of his contemporaries—Anna Akhmatova , Marina Tsvetaeva, Osip Mandelstam, Boris Pasternak—has not been the subject of scholarly monographs." —Institut d'études slaves