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Moscow memoirs /
Emma Gerstein ; translated and edited by John Crowfoot.
London : Harvill Press, 2004.
xxx, 482 p. : ill., map, ports ; 24 cm.
1860468837 (alk. paper)
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London : Harvill Press, 2004.
1860468837 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Guardian UK, May 2004
San Francisco Chronicle, September 2004
Washington Post, October 2004
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This title, part biography and part autobiography, alters popular perceptions of Russia's two greatest 20th-century poets, provides memorable glimpses of numerous other figures, and offers several vignettes of Boris Pasternak.
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A unique and radical review of Russia's two greatest 20th century poets, Anna Akmatova and Osip Mandelstam, which also provides memorable glimpses of numerous other literary figures from the Soviet 1930s.
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In the early 1960s Anna Akhmatova encouraged Emma Gerstein to record her own memories of the renowned Russian poet, Osip Mandelstam. But Gerstein's vivid and uncompromising account was not at all what she had expected. When first published in Moscow in 1998 Gerstein's memoirs provoked responses from condemnation to rapturous praise amongst Russian readers. A shrewd observer, a close member of the Mandelstam and Akhmatova family circles, and a serious literary specialist in her own right, Gerstein is uniquely qualified to remove both poets from their pedestals without diminishing them, or their work, and to bring back to life the Soviet 1930s. Part biography, part autobiography, this book radically alters our view of Russia's two greatest 20th century poets, providing memorable glimpses of numerous other figures from that partly forgotten and misunderstood world, and offers several unforgettable vignettes of Boris Pasternak. Gerstein's integrity and perceptive comment make her account compulsively readable and enables us to re-examine that extraordinary epoch.
Table of Contents
Map : USSR (1938 boundaries)
Near the poet [1986]p. 3
Five poems by Osip Mandelstamp. 88
Mandelstam in Voronezh [1986]p. 94
Selections from Rudakov's lettersp. 119
Unwanted love [1993]p. 157
Eight poems by Anna Akhmatovap. 318
Anna Akhmatova and Lev Gumilyov [1995]p. 324
Nadezhda [1998]p. 375
Of memoirs and more besides [1999]p. 419
The Gornfeld Affairp. 424
Alliluyeva's suicidep. 424
Living spacep. 425
A letter to Stalinp. 426
The Soviet ordealp. 428
Mandelstam and Rudakovp. 429
Gumilyov, Akhmatova, Gerstein : letters, 1954-7p. 448
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