Glas. New Russian Writing. Volume 23. A Novel Without Lies
In this issue: Anatoly Mariengof A Novel Without Lies. The turbulent life of a great poet against the flamboyant background of Bohemian Moscow in the 1920s. Anatoly Mariengof's controversial memoir was hidden away for so long in the closed holdings of Soviet public libraries, deserves to be widely known. Mariengof concentrates on the bohemian lives of the Imagist poets in 1919-22, and presents a candid, yet affectionate, portrait of his closest friend, the famous peasant poet Sergei Esenin. Mariengof's tone tends to be cynical and condescending, racy and often sarcastic; he does not aspire to scholarly meticulousness or chronological exactitude. With its lively style and unique psychological insight, this memoir has abiding value, both for the scholar and the general reader.