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Akhmadulina, Bella Akhatovna

 

(also Izabella). Born Apr. 10, 1937, in Moscow. Soviet Russian poetess; graduated from the Gorky Institute of Literature in 1960.

Akhmadulina’s work was first published in 1955. The collection of poems The String was published in 1962 and the collection Music Lessons in 1970. She is also the author of the narrative poem My Genealogy (1964) and of essays, screenplays, and translations of poems—from Georgian and other languages, including a collection of poems by the Georgian poetess Anna Kalandadze, Fly, Leaves (1959).

REFERENCES

Ognev, V. “Struna” (review). Literaturnaia Rossiia, Mar. 8, 1963.
Tsurikova, G. “Poeziia, igra, zhizn’.” Literaturnaia gazeta, Mar. 17, 1964.
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During the 1990s, the Russian poetry scene was by and large populated by the last generations of Soviet writers--including some officially recognized Soviet poets, such as Bella Akhmadulina, but perhaps dominated by poets who had emerged from the underground, like Dmitry Prigov or Olga Sedakova.
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Bella Akhmadulina in one of her poems in the appendix is ready to blame Voznesenskii for some of his stylistic "pranks," but she is even more eager to defend him because of his prophetic insights.
A whole new generation of writers emerged on the cultural scene, including Voznesensky, Bella Akhmadulina, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Vladimir Voinovich, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
Much as one has to learn Russian to appreciate Pushkin, while Tolstoy and Dostoevsky are accessible without it, the spirited aphorisms of Lidia Ginzburg or Lyudmila Petrushevskaya's Aristophanean satire will convince the reader that Russian literature is still "first class," but one will have to trust the essay rather than the sampling of verses provided, even in the cases of poets justly celebrated in Russia, such as Natalia Gorbanevskaya or Bella Akhmadulina.
The morose moments that sound so often in the recent publications by Akhmadulina, Bitov (see WLT 72:1, p.
Here this astonishingly attractive, young, and intellectual woman from "exotic" Latvia was admired and, on occasion, befriended by such emerging and future successful literary figures as the Ukrainian Lina Kostenko, the Abkhazian Fazil Iskander, the Russians Yuri Kazakov, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Bella Akhmadulina, and others.
As part of the media attention focused upon this anniversary, Anna Akhmadulina was interviewed for the newspaper Argumenty i Fakty (15:8).
The characters who emerge most vividly are Andrei Voznesensky and Yevgeny Yevtushenko, but Lili Brik, Bella Akhmadulina, and Maya Plisetskaya are Ford's heroines.
She attended professional and technical schools there in the early 1950s, then, with Latvia now under Russian occupation, was sent, as a promising writer, to the Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow, where she met such emerging and future successful authors as Bella Akhmadulina, Andrei Voznesensky, and Yuri Kazakov.