On Grief and Reason: Essays

Joseph Brodsky

On Grief and Reason: Essays

On Grief and Reason: Essays

  • Title: On Grief and Reason: Essays
  • Author: Joseph Brodsky
  • ISBN: 9780241952719
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Paperback

In this richly diverse collection of essays, Joseph Brodsky casts a reflective eye on his experiences of early life in Russia and exile in America With dazzling erudition, he explores subjects as varied as the dynamic of poetry, the nature of history and the plight of the migr writer There is also the humorous tale of a disastrous trip to Brazil, advice to students, aIn this richly diverse collection of essays, Joseph Brodsky casts a reflective eye on his experiences of early life in Russia and exile in America With dazzling erudition, he explores subjects as varied as the dynamic of poetry, the nature of history and the plight of the migr writer There is also the humorous tale of a disastrous trip to Brazil, advice to students, a homage to Marcus Aurelius and studies of Robert Frost, Thomas Hardy, Horace and others The second volume of essays following Less Than One, this collection includes Brodsky s 1987 Nobel Lecture, Uncommon Visage.

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Κοτζαμάν Brodsky και μας δίνουν 5 αφηγήματαΥπέροχος λόγος, αλλά η θεματολογία αν εξαιρέσω μερικά σημεία ήταν αδιάφορη. Πέρασε και δεν ακούμπησε ο αγαπητός Γιόζεφ.

An idiosyncratic collection of essays and other criticism. Brodky's English is witty, complicated, distinctive, and a bit strange. Some of his essays wander far away from their established topic, and it is unusual to see him naively lecturing Havel about how poetry is enough to build a nation. When he is talking about other writers - other poets, like Robert Frost or Rainer Maria Rilke - then he is sublime.

"A substantial part of what lies ahead of you is going to be claimed by boredom." Imagine starting a commencement address with this line? This is what Brodsky did at Dartmouth, 1989, with his essay "In Praise of Boredom," just one of the brilliant pieces included in his collection On Grief and Reason. (I'd gladly attend more commencement ceremonies at our own campus if we got to hear brutally frank but entertaining and existential addresses like Brodsky's!)In a nutshell, he argues that college d [...]

Brilliant, witty, entertaining.Makes great reading for anyone who is a little bit down in the dumps. Here's a gem from "In Praise of Boredom" (p.111), a commencement address (!) in which Brodsky demonstrates how boredom teaches us to understand time and our own utter insignificance:"what's good about boredom, about anguish and the sense of the meaninglessness of your own, of everything else's existence, is that it is not a deception."Try to embrace, or let yourself be embraced by, boredom and an [...]

On Grief and Reason is a collection of twenty-one essays, all but one written since 1986. Of these, some are without question on a par with the best of his earlier collection, Less Than One. In “Spoils of War,” for instance—an essay classical in form, light in touch—Brodsky continues the amusing and sometimes poignant story of his youth, using those traces of the West—corned-beef cans and shortwave radios as well as movies and jazz—that found their way through the Iron Curtain to exp [...]

Hands down the most enjoyable book I have read,I have had a wry wee grin on my face for the past week because of Brodsky.He turns a cocophany of thoughts into a clear narrative that will had me wondering if I should have Studied literature and philosophy instead of engineering.Thanks for recommending this ( I realize that i im a Mongol addressing a algorithm :-))

Δυσκολοδιάβαστος για μένα. Θέλει πολύ μελέτη. Θα ξαναδιαβαστεί!

Twenty-one essays by the Nobel prize-winning poet. Two of the essays are his Noble lecture and his acceptance speech, and many of the other essays were written for occasions or lectures. What makes these essays stick is that Brodsky has the knack of living in his prose pieces and imbuing them with his warm, intelligent personality. I would have payed money to eavesdrop on the parents walking out after listening to his 1989 Dartmouth College commencement address, "In Praise of Boredom". Good luck [...]

Before I knew Brodsky was a poet I was drawn to the thoughtful and expansive essays in Less Than One. The essays in this book are fewer in number but are no less universal in their understanding. The essays on life in the Soviet Union and the titular essay are among the most moving prose I've ever read.

from THE CONDITION WE CALL EXILETo be lost in mankind, in the crowd--crowd?--among billions; to become a needle in that proverbial haystack--but a needle someone is searching for--that's what exile is all about. Put down your vanity, it says, you are but a grain of sand in the desert. Measure yourself not against your pen pals but against human infinity: it is about as bad as the inhuman one. Out of that you should speak, not out of your envy or ambition. (25)For the other truth of the matter is [...]

Μια συλλογή δοκιμίων που με κάποιο τρόπο σχετίζονται με την Ελλάδα (ας πούμε). Ο τρόπος που γράφει ο Μπρόντσκι ειναι ιδιαίτερα διορατικός και μελετημένος και αυτο σε κεντρίζει, αλλα μερικές φορές μου φάνηκε οτι τραβούσε αρκετα

Sus ensayos son maravillosos. Sobretodo "Cómo leer un libro" donde el autor recomiendo lo que debemos leer sí o sí antes de irnos de este mundo!

Nobel Prize winner.but still his essay 'A Cat's Meow' is worth 1 star. Just awful.I will read essay 'On Grief and Reason'd give him a second chance.

Um resuminho dos dois primeiros textos, só para dar um gostinho. O "Grief and Reason" propriamente dito, sobre o Robert Frost, é um primor.Spoils of War.Reminiscências do pós-guerra, na Rússia. As crianças, diz Brodsky, foram as pessoas que mais lucraram com a guerra, com as coisas que tinham para fantasiar e romantizar, especialmente as vindas do Leste (mais especificamente dos EUA). Os filmes – que mostravam o individualismo dos heróis solitários, em contraste com a sociedade comuno- [...]

ugh the misconception that Marcus Aurelius did something out of the ordinary in not adopting an heir really irritates me (#my worthless degree) but pedantry aside, a good collection. The style gets a bit annoying at times (he keeps pausing to ask you to bear with him and he does repeat himself & digress quite a lot), but there are some very lovely passages on time, antiquity, exile, boredom etc. The essay on Frost is wonderful - if only poetry was explained that well in school I didn't quite [...]

I must admit that I bought this book without doing much research. And as a man who has little interest in ancient authors and poetry in general, I found myself skipping pages. Still, one should really appreciate the genius of Joseph Brodsky. A must-read for anyone who loves literature.

It s a wonderful collection of prose on poetry and literature in general. There s his nobel lecture and acceptance speech. A homage to Marcus Aurelius and essays on Hardy,Frost and Rilke r exceptionally imaginative and enchanting.

I haven't really finished the whole book. I purchased it for the essay in the title and that was excellent. The rest of the essays will be read while waiting in the car because I always keep a book in the car for short reads.

I was touched deeply by most of the essays, especially those that were referring to Joseph's memories and associations. Brodsky is an author with expressive, pointed views which may be disliked, or on the contrary admired. I am, clearly, on the latter end.

Eu nunca liguei muito pra ensaios até conhecer Joseph Brodsky. A sua excelente escrita, aliada a um senso crítico pertinente e um bom senso de humor me fizeram repensar o ensaio como uma leitura obrigatória para acompanhar o pensamento sobre determinada época.

there's some really great bits on stoicism however most of it is brodsky close reading his favourite poems - which i guess means im the fool for expecting a book of essays from a poet to be anything else.

Some of the essays were wonderful - particularly "Spoils of War" about his youth in Russia, and his insightful title essay on Frost - and Brodsky is always a master stylist. But I grew tired of his rather cynical outlook.

Good stuff. Several of the essays are very insightful. He is also well read and he comes at things from a different angle sometimes. I appreciated his suggestion that we should evaluate political candidates on which books they have or have not read. Overall, a good collection.

Has the speech "How to Read a Book"

This is a great book with 21 essays collection of Stephen Brodsky, wonderful journey for poetry and literature in general.

So far so good. I enjoy the argument.

the paydirt of literature.

a couple of the essays were great, but the majority spoke to a particular audience that the speech was intended for and really lost me.


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