The Diaries of Nikolay Punin
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Imprint Series
Published by: University of Texas Press
323 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm
- ISBN: 9780292723771
- Published: November 1999
Nikolay Punin (1888–1953) was the most articulate Russian/Soviet art critic of the 1920s. He strongly advocated Constructivism, an avant-garde impulse that favored mechanomorphic abstraction and proclaimed a movement to bring art into the center of popular life. In the United States, he is perhaps best remembered for his love affair with Anna Akhmatova, one of the great poets of the twentieth century. This volume presents the first English translation of ten diary notebooks that Punin wrote between 1915 and 1936, as well as selections from his earlier (1904–1910) and later (1941–1946) diaries and some thirty notes and letters relating to his affair with Anna Akhmatova. These materials offer a rare glimpse into the life of art and artists in Russia. They also present vivid scenes from the 1905 Revolution, World War I, the 1917 Revolutions, World War II, and Stalinist oppression through the reflections of a talented man, who, unlike many of his generation, lived to tell the tale.
AcknowledgmentsIntroductory Essay: Nikolay Punin and Russian FuturismSidney MonasIntroductory Essay: Punin and AkhmatovaJennifer Greene KrupalaNote on the TranslationEarly Materials from the Punin Diaries, 1904–1910Notebook One, 1915–1917Notebook Two, 1919–1920Notebook Three, 1920Notebook Four, 1921–1922Notebook Five, 1922–1923Notebook Six, 1923–1924Notebook Seven, 1924Notebook Eight, 1924–1925Notebook Nine, 1925–1926Notebook Ten, 1936Late Materials from the Punin Diaries, 1941–1952GlossaryIndex