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Yuri Tynianov's novel reaches English readers – after 90 years

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Set 16, 2018, 9:23pm

Death of the Vazir-Mukhtar, written by the Soviet/Russian writer and critic Yuri Tynianov in 1929, has recently been published in English translation. It is one of the greatest novels produced by the cultural explosion of the early Soviet period. It tells the story of the last year in the life of Alexander Griboyedov (1795–1829), a playwright and diplomat in the era of Alexander Pushkin and Tsar Nicholas I.

More information about Death of the Vazir-Mukhtar is available on https://www.facebook.com/VazirMukhtar/

Set 17, 2018, 5:06pm

It was actually translated (as Death and Diplomacy in Persia, by Alec Brown) back in 1938, though of course new translations are always welcome. As for "one of the greatest novels," that's a matter of taste; I wasn't thrilled by it:


Set 18, 2018, 1:36am

I’ve just read it for Shiny New Books. I tend to agree with a lot of your thoughts on it, though I found the style reminiscent of Bely. The book really suffers though from lack of scholarly notation.

Set 18, 2018, 9:21am

It's a shame that it takes a spammer to bring this somnolent group momentarily back to life! I wish there were a way to get notified when someone makes a new post, or comments in a thread you've commented in; it might lure people back more frequently. It's discouraging to check every day for weeks and see no new activity...

Set 18, 2018, 10:50am

I have a book 'His Nameless Love a portrait of Russian Writers" that has Yuri as author. The book is written by many contributors about the lovers of Russian writers,
Dostoevsky, Pushkin , Tolstoy and others. It was published in 1974 by Progress. Have you heard of it?
I did ordered his 'Death of the Vazir-Mukhtar today.

Set 18, 2018, 4:54pm

He was apparently a huge fan of and expert on Pushkin. I don’t know much more than what’s on the book blurb and there seems to be not much available online in English.

Set 18, 2018, 4:55pm

>4 languagehat: I did start a new thread about Tsvetaeva but no one replied....

Set 21, 2018, 11:13am

>2 languagehat: languagehat: my copy of 'Death of the Vazar-Mukhtar' arrived. I would like to share this with you "has never been fully translated into English until now. A version by Alec Brown has been published in 1938 as' Death and Diplomacy in Persia' but it omits key parts such as the prologue.'
just thought I would share with you, I have been trying to locate the Alec Brown translation.

Editado: Set 21, 2018, 11:15am

>7 kaggsy: kaggsy: where did you post your thread?

Set 21, 2018, 3:56pm

>9 bjbookman: On this group, about five threads down! 😁

Set 21, 2018, 5:25pm

I didn't respond because I don't know anything about Tsvetaeva translations!

Set 22, 2018, 2:39am


Fair enough!

Out 4, 2018, 12:10pm

My review of the book is now up. Maybe I’ve been slightly generous - it has some very good points but it certainly was a little bit of a slog at times...


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