Martins Press, in New York City. The Mayakovsky Tapes paints a fictional portrait of a real-life Russian poet who was crushed by Stalinism. Told through the eyes of the four women who were Vladimir Mayakovskys mistresses and muses, the book pieces together what, in effect, is a series of taped reminiscences of a flamboyant poet and intellectual who had once served as propagandist for the Russian Revolution and later became an enemy of the Soviet state. Littell, who graduated from Alfred in 1956 with a bachelors degree in English, is the author of 18 previous novels and the nonfiction book, For the Future of Israel, written with the late Shimon Peres, former Israeli president. He has been awarded both the English Gold Dagger and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his fiction. His spy novel, The Company, was a New York Times bestseller later made into a television miniseries. He lives in France. In a recent interview, Littell said critics at the New York Times and other newspapers had for years branded him as an author of espionage fiction. find hereHis own appraisal takes a different tack.
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