The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

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Initially published in 1990, when the New York Times Book Review named it one of fourteen "Best Books of the Year," Judith Hemschemeyer's translation of The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova is the definitive edition, and has sold over 13,000 copies, making it one of the most successful poetry titles of recent years.

This reissued and revised printing features a new biographical essay as well as expanded notes to the poems, both by Roberta Reeder, project editor and author of ...

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Overview


Initially published in 1990, when the New York Times Book Review named it one of fourteen "Best Books of the Year," Judith Hemschemeyer's translation of The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova is the definitive edition, and has sold over 13,000 copies, making it one of the most successful poetry titles of recent years.

This reissued and revised printing features a new biographical essay as well as expanded notes to the poems, both by Roberta Reeder, project editor and author of Anna Akhmatova: Poet and Prophet (St. Martin's Press, 1994). Encyclopedic in scope, with more than 800 poems, 100 photographs, a historical chronology, index of first lines, and bibliography. The Complete Poems will be the definitive English language collection of Akhmatova for many years to come.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Books of the Century
Sonorous, calm, deliberate in movement, her Russian has no English equivalent...
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This comprehensive English-only edition of the great Russian poet's works has been expanded to include 80 newly discovered poems.
Library Journal
These two fat volumes, a 100th-anniversary tribute to the great Russian poet Akhmatova (1889-1966), are clearly a labor of love. Editor Reeder's book-length introduction is a meticulous, well-documented account of the poet's life and poetry through the ebullience of modernist Petersburg, the grim deprivation of two world wars and the 1917 revolutions, the poverty and repression (including the repeated imprisonment of her son) of the interwar years and the vicious official attacks after World War II, and the last years of international honors. This life has made Akhmatova emblematic both of the unbowed intelligentsia and of the unsung heroism of millions of Russian women. The second volume begins with two impressionistic essays by Akhmatova's disciple, the Soviet poet Anatoly Naiman, and distinguished expatriate writer Sir Isaiah Berlin's account of his two meetings with her (Leningrad, 1945, and Oxford, 1965). The edition is lavishly illustrated with the known iconography of Akhmatova herself, her contemporaries, and the Petersburg-Leningrad settings that were her spiritual home. These rich secondary materials make a worthy frame for Akhmatova's glorious poetry, pre sented side by side in Russian and English and arranged, in exemplary fashion, with respect for choices the poet made in lifetime editions. American poet Hemschemeyer devoted well over ten years to the translations, learning Russian for that purpose; her equally exem plary translator's preface explains her working methods and the inevitable compromises involved in the valiant ef fort to create English equivalents for Akhmatova's spare and musical verse. This book will be a treasure for poetry lovers everywhere.-- Mary F. Zirin, Altadena, Cal.
Booknews
Not only the most comprehensive, but also simply the best English translation ever of the great Russian poet (1889-1966). Publication of the original hardcover edition was one of the great publishing and poetry events of 1990. The present edition adds 80 new poetic texts which came to light at the end of 1990, as well as numerous photographs, and a 16-page portfolio portraying the poet through the eyes of painters, sculptors, and other artists. Published by Zephyr Press, 13 Robinson Street, Somerville, MA 02145. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
New York Times Books of the Century
Sonorous, calm, deliberate in movement, her Russian has no English equivalent...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780939010271
  • Publisher: Zephyr Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Edition description: Updated and Expanded Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 948
  • Sales rank: 512,031
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2003

    Wonderful poet--but be forewarned

    Anna Akhmatova is one of the best poets I have ever read. That being said, if you order this book, you will not be receiving the bilingual, two volume edition that Barnes and Noble advertises it as. You will receive the unilingual (English only) updated version in only one volume. I was disappointed (not in the poet...in B & N ) because I have looked everywhere for the two-volume edition with the Russian beside the English, and have been unable to find it. If anyone knows of a place to locate this version, please contact me.

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