About the author:
Evgeniy F. Firsov, PhD in History, Docent, Associate Professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory 1, 119991 Moscow, Russia.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0785-8400
Pešić’s stay in Moscow (May 1917 — July 1920) and his studies at Moscow State University coincided with the period of the formation and rise of the imaginistic movement, which Miodrag Pešić witnessed first-hand. Thanks to Balmont and Baltrushaitis, Pešić’s acquaintance with Russian poets contributed to his comprehension of the contemporary literary process. In Serbia (starting from the middle of the 1920’s) Pešić was a leading researcher of Esenin’s life and creative work, his interest in the imaginists’ works increasing. For the first time the author reveals the translation of “A Novel Without Lies” by A. Marienhof in 1941. Translations of the works of the main representatives of imaginism appeared in Belgrade and Sarajevo. The article considers perception of imaginism and Pešić’s effort to popularise the imaginists under Serbian and Yugoslavian conditions. The author gives periodization of the study of Esenin’s and the imaginists’ creative work, and shows Pešić’s talent of the translator.