's suicide in 1930 marked the end of an era distinguished by the flowering of literature, the theater, and music.
Pushkin and Dostoyevsky and Mayakovski
and Brodsky (scolds and prophets
Moreover, criticism of `bureaucrats' was a live issue from Mayakovski
through Ilf and Petrov to the Literaturna gazeta of perestroika.
And, in ending, I wish to quote two lines from Mayakovski
, the great Soviet poet.
Never mind, either, the amazing and frantic changes in Moscow in the last decade: a shopping mall across the street from the old Lubyanka prison, a touching museum carved out of the apartment where the poet Mayakovski
shot his brains out in despair, outdoor cafes with Muscovites actually enjoying themselves in the Alexander Gardens near the Kremlin walls, political demonstrations of every stripe at the Bolshoi's own doorstep.
When he talks about the velvet of Mayakovski
's prose, you're in a wonderful world, and we all owe Babette Deutsche a great debt for that.
In contrast to the static monuments of the past, Ioganson had invented a mode of construction that was dynamic, adaptable to all kinds of purposes (Vladimir Mayakovski
quickly perceived its potential use in bridges and other architectural structures), and highly economical (thus pertaining directly to the shortage of materials that was nearly bringing Soviet industry to a halt).