Review of “Neznakomka” (1906)


Aleksandr Blok (writer).

Read in 2022.

Read in its original language and in Swedish-language prose translation.

An illustrative example of the ultimate corruption and failure of trancendental symbolism. In this poem, Blok imagines himself a kind of prophet, looking for profound truth in a hottie he sees over a bottle of wine at a pub. In other words, he’s drunk, he’s horny and he naïvely confuses his dank state for enlightenment, like some colour character in Shakespeare.

References here: Modern utländsk lyrik (1975/1985).

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