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Nobel winner taught at
were trying to get him, and we were
anxious to have him," said Robben
Fleming, president of the University
during Brodsky's stay.
Prof. John Mersereau, chair of the
Slavic languages department, said,
"I'd always predicted that if he lived
long enough, he'd get it. I'm just
surprised he got it at such a young
At 47, Brodsky is one of the
youngest to win the world's most
prestigious literary prize, worth
about $340,000 and the promise of a
boost in sales of his published
works. His poetry has been
translated into 12 languages.
Brown said, "He was very bitter
about the political authorities who
persecuted him, but he loves
Brown described Brodsky's
poetry as, "terribly concerned about
the human condition. He has a very
vivid imagination, and his technique
is splendid. He has a marvelous
command of versification."
Brodsky's poetry is difficult
reading. His verse is intensely
personal addressing the human
concerns of suffering, love, death,
separation, solitude, sin, and
salvation, wrote George Kline,
translator of Brodsky's works, in an
introduction to "Joseph Brodsky:
Brown still smiles when he
recalls the day he was walking down
North University and saw Brodsky
pointing to his dented car. Brodsky,
who was just learning to drive and
afraid of causing an accident, thought
it was funny that someone else hit
Every seat was filled when
Brodsky read his poetry for the first
time to an excited crowd at Rackham
Auditorium in 1972. He has toured
the nation reading his works to over
40 universities and colleges
including Yale, Harvard, Berkeley,
Cornell, Columbia, and Northwest-
Brodsky's works have never been
published in the Soviet Union, and
last month they were confiscated
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Development, the Committee on Foreign Language
Instruction and the Language Laboratory
a Colloquium on
Approaches to Foreign
October 24, 1987
John Clark, Defense Language Institute
Charles James, University of Wisconsin
Dale Lange, University of Minnesota
Charles Stansfield, Center for Applied Linguistics
Marjorie Tussing, California FL Competency Project
from Ardis's exhibit at the
International Bookfair in Moscow.
But Soviet authorities have recently
returned his works and 30 other
books to be distributed at the fair.
Kline wrote that the apolitical
content of Brodsky's poetry may
have prevented him from winning
political approval in the Soviet
Since coming to the United
States, Brodsky has written several
essays critical of the Soviet Union.
Academy secretary Sture Allen said
the decision to award Brodsky had
nothing to do with politics.
Brodsky is now a U.S. citizen
living in New York, where he
continues to write poetry and teach.
Mersereau said Brodsky moved in
1981 because he wanted to be near
the literary action on the East Coast
and close to the ocean.
During the fall he teaches at New
York University and at Columbia
University. In the winter, he teaches
at Amherst and Hampshire colleges.
He still visits Ann Arbor; the last
time was three years ago for the
funeral of his friend, Carl Proffer.
Informed that he had won the
honor while eating lunch with
British spy novelist John Le Carre
in a Chinese restaurant in London,
Brodsky said he hoped the award
would draw more people into reading
He joked that the prize was a "big
step for me and a small step for
-The Associated Press
contributed to this report.
Compiled from Associated Press reports
Iran attacks Kuwaiti oil rig
KUWAIT - An Iranian Silkworm missile hit Kuwait's offshore
supertanker oil terminal yesterday, setting it afire and wounding several
people, officials reported. None of the U.S.-flagged tankers the Navy
protects were in the area.
It was the third Iranian missle attack in a week on the sheikdom
nestled between Iraq and Saudi Arabia at the head of the Persian Gulf.
The Kuwait News Agency quoted officials as saying five people were
wounded and on remained hospitalized. Shipping and diplomatic sources
said casualties were low because no ships were loading at the Sea Island
terminal nine miles offshore and fewer than the usual 20 men were on
Iranian leaders have threatened retaliation for a U.S. navy artillery
attack Monday that destroyed two of Iran's offshore oil platforms. The
shelling responded to an Iranian missile attack last week that hit one of
the reflagged Kuwaiti tankers near the sheikdom's coastal oil facilities.
CAW, GM reach agreement'
TORONTO - Canadian General Motors Corp. autoworkers were back
on the job yesterday following an Oshawa, Ontario, wildcat strike that
briefly shut down three assembly plants despite a tentative contract
The Canadian Auto Workers union and GM of Canada Ltd. reached
tentative agreement late Wednesday on a pact mirroring agreements
reached earlier with the Canadian arms of Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler
The settlement includes pension indexing to fight inflation - the
union's top priority - along with an immediate 3 percent wage increase,
25-cent-an-hour increases in the second and third years of the contract and
cost-of-living increases. Workers will vote on it this weekend.
Pro-Iranian group threatens
U.S. naval forces in Gulf
BEIRUT, Lebanon - A pro-Iranian group that holds American and
French hostages said yesterday that "thousands" of suicide bombers are
poised for attacks against U.S. and European naval forces in the Persian
The group, Islamic Jihad, claims to have carried out a series of suicide
bombings against American and French targets in Lebanon in 1983 and
1984. The attacks killed more than 370 people, mostly American and
The threat was made in a typewritten Arabic statement, copies of
which were delivered to the offices of Western news agencies in Beirut. It
was accompanied by black and white photographs of American hostage
Terry Anderson and French captive Jean-Paul Kauffmann.
Arms talks called productive
MOSCOW - Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign
Minister Eduard Shevardnadze "basically resolved" a dispute over West
German nuclear missiles yesterday in talks both sides described as
The two, holding their third round of negotiations this year, were
trying to settle the last sticking points in a treaty to scrap intermediate-
range nuclear missiles.
But no date was set for a third summit meeting between President
Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, at which such a treaty could
be signed. Soviet spokesman Gerady Gerasimov said the subject never
Both sides agreed in principle to the missile accord during
Shevardnadze's visit to the United States last month.
Clandestine cleaner creeps,
sweeps, and does dishes
GILROY, Calif - Instead of being cleaned out, a Gilroy man's
house was cleaned up by a mysterious housekeeper who broke in,
made his bed, took out the trash, washed his dishes and gathered up his
The unidentified victim, who told police he is sure last week's
indident was not a practical joke, found a note saying : "Dear Sir, I
hope you don't mind. I cleaned your house. Don't worry, I won't take
anything because my father is a Duke in Spain. Don't worry. I'll clean
your house for as ling as you live here."
The note was signed "Prince Eddie."
Gilroy police commander Vern Gardner said his department is trying
to uncover the mysterious housekeeper.
Besides the cleanup, the person left the front door ajar after
replacing the man's old drapes with new ones.
"We're not exactly sure what we could charge him with," said
Gardner. "It's too bad he didn't break into my house."
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