Hope Against Hope: A Memoir / Edition 1by Nadezhda Mandelstam
Pub. Date: 04/01/1999
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
A poignant monument to their love and is also a unique first-hand account of the life of the intelligentsia under Stalin. Mandelstam describes what it was like to get the knock on the door in the middle of the night and to live a life in exile, unable to trust anyone, constantly fearful.
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Nadezhda (her name means "hope") Mandelstam's account of her enduring relationship with her husband, the poet Osip Mandelstam, is both a sobering and moving account of life under Stalin's reign of terror. She writes this account as a memoir, a loosely connected narrative in a series of chapter vignettes. And it is a brutally honest, enthralling tale of an extraordinary time and how people coped -- or didn't. Written years later, after her husband's death in the camps, the late Nadezhda ends on a surprisingly hopeful and positive note, c. 1970. But I wonder what she would make of Putin's Russia?
This book is a tremendously moving memoir. It is the story of great love and dedication of the author Nadezhda Mandelstam to her husband Osip,to his poetry and to its memory.She kept his poetry safe in her mind and heart when all the external world threatened to destroy it. Their suffering under the terror of Stalin, is documented here in a powerful way. This is the kind of book which makes you feel life and literature is perhaps something greater than you yourself have ever known. It at one and the same time humbles and uplifts. This work should be read by all those who love great literature.