Mikhail Isakovsky

Poems by Mikhail Isakovsky

Isakovsky was born into a peasant family. He joined the Bolshevik party in 1918 and worked as a young journalist in Smolensk. His first poems were published in 1914 in the Moscow newspaper Nov' (Virgin Soil); his first collection, Provoda v solome (Wires in the Straw), in 1927, received mixed reviews but was approved by Maxim Gorky. He achieved enormous success with his folk song — like ballads, which made him the most recognized poet of the new collectivized countryside. Some critics today, however, have condemned Isakovsky for his praise of collectivization and his deliberate blindness to the misery in the villages.

Isakovsky so craved a new fairy tale world that it must have seemed to him that to create it in poetry would turn it into reality. His best songs did become a part of reality. For his many wartime patriotic songs he was awarded the Stalin Prize in 1942. A sincere, modest man who shunned the glitter of fame, Isakovsky hardly touched the authentic problems of real life but chose to believe in a goodness that sometimes was marked with evil. Exceptional therefore is his classic masterpiece included here.

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in german

Michail Issakowski, gedichte (deutsch)

1938

1948

in spanish

Mijaíl Isakovski, poemas (español)

1938

in bulgarian

Михаил Исаковски, стихотворения (български)

1945

in italian

Mikhail Isakovskij, poesie (italiano)

1938

in ukrainian

Михайло Ісаковський, вірші (українська)

1945

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