Diaries 1915-1923: Behind the Mask Hardcover – 17 Apr 2008
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"Prokofiev had an extremely dry wit, which results in some fine, bitchy one-liners, from his disdain for Mahler's Seventh Symphony ('like kissing a stillborn child') to his fear of the futurist poet Vladimir Mayakovsky ('I always wonder: is he going to hit me, not for any particular reason, just because?') to his pride at being proclaimed 'best-dressed man in Chicago.' At his best he has a gift for the surprising phrase, the unexpected insight and the occasional laugh-out-loud bon mot. . . . This is an impressively edited work, with Anthony Phillips's footnotes, indexing and appendices all scrupulously detailed and informative." Owen Hatherley, New Statesman, 1 May 2008"
"Anthony Phillips rises to all the demands made by Prokofiev's lucid but delicately nuanced Russian. His translation is accurate almost without a lapse, his tone is consistently faithful to the original, and from time to time he pulls out something truly brilliant. . . . Dedicated professional that he was, Prokofiev still definitely 'had a life.' The amount of space devoted to his personal relationships and pastimes in the diaries as a whole equals that concerning music, and these subjects are approached with similar relish." G. S. Smith, Times Literary Supplement, June 20, 2008"
About the Author
Anthony Phillips was formerly Dean and Chaplain, Trinity Hall, Cambridge; Chaplain, St. John's College, Oxford and Headmaster, The King's School, Canterbury before his retirement.
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The personal diaries of Sergei Prokofiev, recently rescued from the State Archives in Moscow by Prokofiev's late son Svyatoslav, are fascinating, entertaining, vivid, witty, colorful and immensely informative reading.
PLEASE CHECK MY COMMENTS ON VOLUME THREE (1924-33 "Prodigal Son") here on Amazon.