(The translation of Ben Jonson's book "Sejanus"(Russian Ed...)
The translation of Ben Jonson's book "Sejanus"(Russian Edition).
(The translation of Ben Jonson's book "Volpone" (Russian E...)
The translation of Ben Jonson's book "Volpone" (Russian Edition) .
Ivan Alexandrovich graduated from the cadet corps and the Nikolaev School of Military Engineering in Moscow in 1905.
In 1906-1908 Ivan Alexandrovich served in the engineering troops in Kiev; in April 1908, resulting from the involvement in the soldier’s rebellion, he was transferred to Verkhneudinsk (modern Ulan Ude) in the Tobolsk province.
In November 1909 Ivan Alexandrovich returned to Kiev, became close to local literary and artistic circles and metropolitan literary people who came to Kiev (in particular, he was the best man at the wedding of N.S. Gumilyov and A.A. Akhmatova). During the World War I he served in the army, the service in which Aksyonov managed to combine with literature; on the threshold of the February Revolution of 1917 he served in the engineering department of the Romanian Front. Ivan Alexandrovich was elected Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Iasi-Sokol Garrison and Chairman of the Military Revolutionary Committee of the Headquarters area of the armies of the Romanian Front.
Ivan Alexandrovich destroyed the manuscript of the first collection of poems called "Cenotaph", but being intrested in radical innovation wrote a few articles about Russian art state and participated in disputes about new art. In following years he became the ideologist of the "Western-inspired" orientation in the Moscow futuristic group "Centrifuge" and wrote a few books, exposing his general aesthetic views. In 1916 he published his translations of the plays of J. Ford, J. Webster and C. Turner.
After the October Revolution, Ivan Alexandrovich served in high positions in the Red Army (in 1918, chairman of the VChK (the All-Russian Extraordinary Commission to Combat Counter-Revolution and Sabotage under the Council of People's Commissars of the RSFSR), fighting against desertion). He was the rector of theater workshops at the Theater named after V.E. Meyerhold. And he also was a member of the literary group of constructivists.
Before his death in 1935 Ivan Alexandrovich published a few more translations of English drama, but since the late 20s Aksyonov dealt mainly with Shakespeare.
Formed under the influence of the French "cursed poets" (primarily Lothreamon) and the latest French painting, into which, according to his letter to Bobrov of March 12, 1916, he "escaped from Russian literature (intestinal flora of Vyacheslav Ivanov, etc.)", Aksyonov Ivan Alexandrovich tended to radical innovation. He considered V. V. Khlebnikov "the founder of all the new... Russian poetry".