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Andrei Tarkovsky: A Life on the Cross

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Author: Lyudmila Boyadzhieva

Translator: Christopher Culver

The documentary novel A Life on the Cross provides a unique insight into the life of Andrey Tarkovsky, the infamous film director and a man whose life was by no means free of unedifying behaviour and errors of judgement. Lyudmila Boyadzhieva sets out to reveal his innate talent, and explain why the cost of such talent can sometimes be life itself.

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Andrei Tarkovsky died in a Paris hospital in 1986, aged just 54. An internationally acclaimed icon of the film industry, the legacy Tarkovsky left for his fans included Andrei RublevStalkerNostalgia and a host of other brilliant works. In the Soviet Union, however, Tarkovsky was a persona non grata. Longing to be accepted in his homeland, Tarkovsky distanced himself from all forms of political and social engagement, yet endured one fiasco after another in his relations with the Soviet regime. The Soviet authorities regarded the law-abiding, ideologically moderate Tarkovsky as an outsider and a nuisance, due to his impenetrable personal nature.

The documentary novel A Life on the Cross provides a unique insight into the life of Andrey Tarkovsky, the infamous film director and a man whose life was by no means free of unedifying behaviour and errors of judgement. Lyudmila Boyadzhieva sets out to reveal his innate talent, and explain why the cost of such talent can sometimes be life itself.

 

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Lyudmila Boyadzhieva is a Russian writer, arts critic and sociologist. She was born in 1946 in Kharkov in the family of a well-known theater critic and since childhood got acquainted with the brightest theater performers. She graduated from the Russian University of Theatre Arts and defended her PhD thesis on the history of German theater.

At the age of twenty-four Lyudmila Boyadzhieva published her first book about the famous German director Max Reinhardt. In the 70-80s she gave lectures on history of the foreign theater and directing at the Russian University of Theatre Arts and Moscow Art Theater School. She worked as a consultant in the Soviet center of the International Theatre Institute of UNESCO and as a researcher at the State Institute of Art.

Novels, tales and short stories written by Ludmila Boyadzhieva appeared nearly two decades ago under different pseudonyms. Almost two dozens diverse books synthesizing the detective genre, adventure and romance in the best artistic traditions of world literature, allow us to name their author the “classic of a new wave of entertainment.”

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Lyudmila Boyadzhieva

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304 pages

Publication date

18th February 2014