A Literary Life
Yale University Press, Paperback, 9780300181609, 333pp.
Publication Date: February 1, 2012
Valentina Polukhina is Professor of Russian Literature at Keel University, England.
Praise for Joseph Brodsky: A Life (Russian edition):
“The best single literary biography of the writer yet to have appeared in any language.”—Times Literary Supplement
"…[a] warm and appreciative study."—Derek Mahon, Literary Review
"A delightful literary biography. . . . This work is a pleasure, and it sheds light on unexpected details about the poet."—D. Hutchins, CHOICE
''Witty, urbane, engaging. . . . Lev Loseff, an important Russian poet in his own right, provides a wealth of new, important information. A magnificent contribution.”—David M. Bethea, University of Wisconsin-Madison
-David M. Bethea
"The author of Joseph Brodsky: A Literary Life has accomplished the feat of discussing a poet’s work persuasively in a language other than his own, and allowed us to glimpse the unique brilliance of the originals."—Carol Rumens, The Independent
“Joseph Brodsky: A Literary life handles the life with intelligence and tact, while its treatment of Brodsky’s art and mind will remain of permanent value.”—Andrew Kahn, Times Literary Supplement
“Lev Loseff’s Joseph Brodsky is partly a biography of the Nobel-Prize winning poet (though Loseff denies that biography was his intention) as well as a critical study and a memoir. It’s valuable on all three counts….Joseph Brodsky is a pleasure to read.”—Mark Jay Mirsky, Hareetz (English)
-Mark Jay Mirsky
“….indispensable….”—Stephan Delbos, The Prague Post
"Loseff ’s book is less the story of Brodsky’s life than an account of the growth of the poet’s mind, the kind of book that is rarely written in English now, as it falls between the monograph and biography."—Justin Quinn, Edinburgh Review