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This talk from Rose Book Collecting Prize Winner and Antiquarian Book Association National Book Collecting Prize Runner-Up, Nikita Makarchev, examines the avant-garde poetic output that informed and underpinned the Russian revolution’s preliminary years. It focuses on the suppressed, oftentimes self-published, work that ran contrary to Party-mandated revolutionary ideals. In so doing, it underscores the richness of informal, radical experimentation that Bolshevik censors saw as a 'malignant outrage... on mankind, and over modern Russia’ (Lunacharsky 1921).

Likewise, it reviews the challenges this work posed to the new post-revolution order. Further questions under consideration include: What was the role of poetry in early revolution-era Russia? What new insights can these works, many of which are untranslated or understudied, teach us about the early 20th century avant-garde? How do these works transcend their time-period and remain relevant today?

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Event speaker: 
Nikita Makarchev
Milstein Seminar Rooms, Cambridge University Library
Thursday, 11 April, 2019
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