Following the order of his Mercier lectures, Brague devotes a chapter to the thought of Alexander Blok
(1880-1921), the Russian poet.
He mentions some of the most important figures of the literary movement in Russia at the beginning of the twentieth century--figures like Fyodor Sologub, Valery Bryusov, Maxim Gorky, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Velimir Khebnikov, and Alexander Blok
Specifically, just as Blok esteems Eko as a figure of perfection, so much so that he betrays her on her death bed, so too did Alexander Blok
view his wife, Lyubov Mendeleev, as the ideal woman and therefore unsuitable for sexual relations.
In 1963, Irina's father, Kirill Sokolov, had married a girl from Hartlepool, Avril Pyman, having met her when she was in Moscow researching the life of a Russian poet, Alexander Blok
The description of Alexander Blok
also presents a singular interest by Bakhtin who loved this poet.
's 1905 Russian avant-garde play "Puppet Show" has been adapted by University of Oregon professor Julia Nemirovskaya.
But before we toss the book down and join nationalist-communist revolutions (wreaking havoc upon unpaid wage labor), Zgustova leaves us in a very different Prague, that of the 1930s, brimming with Russian exiles--Vladimir Nabokov, as well as the less fortunate Alexander Blok
, Andrei Bely, Osip Mandelstam, Isaac Babel, and Anna Akhmatova--all members of the Association of Artists and Writers.
The formers Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok
are favorite works of hers--"amazing songs, and it's always a treat to sing them"--and Wyner s Second Madrigal: Voices of Women is a cycle he wrote specially for her, "her beautiful sound and expressive eloquence, "in the composers own apt words, with which anyone who's heard her is likely to agree.