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About the Author: Dmitry Merezhkovsky

Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky, (Russian: Дмитрий Сергеевич Мережковский) was a Russian novelist, poet, religious thinker, and literary critic. A seminal figure of the Silver Age of Russian Poetry, regarded as a co-founder of the Symbolist movement, Merezhkovsky – with his poet wife Zinaida Gippius – was twice forced into political exile. During his second exile (1918–1941) he continued publishing successful novels and gained recognition as a critic of Soviet Russia. Known both as a self-styled religious prophet with his own slant on apocalyptic Christianity, and as the author of philosophical historical novels which combined fervent idealism with literary innovation, Merezhkovsky was a nine times nominee for the Nobel Prize in literature, which he came closest to winning in 1933.

The words he put in Leonardo da Vinci's mouth in his biographical novel Romance of Leonardo da Vinci -- "I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men" -- are echoed by animal rights activists all over the world and have come to often be misattributed to Leonardo da Vinci himself.


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ISBN10: 1443792578 | ISBN13: 9781443792578

How Leonardo da Vinci become a creative genius? How did he live, love, suffer? With a care for detail & an inspiration worthy of the greatest, the author invites us to enter the intimacy of a man for whom talent, perceived as a godsend, is a true vocation that he takes on with all his soul, refusing the eases of money & of vanities. The genius artist turns himself into a bridge between us & the Creator. In this large & deep novelistic evocation, the Renaissance appears like the quintessence of all periods, the abstract of all passions & the endless mirror of humankind's universe. Freud admired this work, where he discovered the famous Da Vinci’s child memory–-a vulture coming down to his cradl-–that inspired him one of his essays. Prodigiously lively portrait of the great artist, The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci is also a key element of the Russian literature of the 20st century.
Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky was one of the most read & respected authors of his time. Figurehead of the Russian symbolism, sensible to the fight between Christianity & paganism, he became famous after his trilogy Christ & Antichrist was published. His legacy is a rich work that one keeps discovering without tiring.

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