Post by David Tenner Post by Alex Milman Post by David Tenner
You are millions. We are hordes and hordes and hordes.
Take us on--just try!
Yes, we are Scythians! Yes, we are Asians -
With slanted, greedy eyes!
Alexander Blok, "Scythians," 1918.
When he was writing this he definitely did not look at the mirror: not
what you'd call a typical Asian with the slanted eyes. :-)
ObWI: Blok doesn't die (of syphilis?) in 1921.
AFAIK, the official reason was asthma + hear failure (aggravated by starvation,
which was more or less officially recognized).
To address your idea, not long before the death he got an official permission
to travel to Finland for medical treatment. If this happened and his health
improved, there are 2 possible continuations of the story:
1st, he emigrates. This brings up the question of his future career in
emigration. He could make it reasonably OK but this was not a guarantee.
He could or could not end up returning into the SU in which case his future
fate would depend on how much would he be needed as a "showcase" and how
flexible was his backbone so it could be in a wide range between a princely
living (as A.N.Tolstoy - a complete scumbag) and execution (as happened to
many lesser figures returned to the SU).
2nd, upon recuperation he returns. Then it is all up to the "need" and
flexibility (see above). Out of the poets of his rank (well, it is quite
difficult to assign ranks in a poetry) and social group Pasternak did reasonably
OK (mostly as a translator), Akhmatova lived in poverty (again, mostly as a
translator), Tsvetaeva ended up committing a suicide, N. Gumilev was executed,
Mandelstam died in Gulag. To extend "social group", Esenin and Mayakovsky
ended up committing suicides.
Now, in OTL Block demonstrated certain political flexibility by writing "12"
but this was clearly not enough to endear him to the Bolsheviks. Could he go
MUCH further along that way? I have no idea.