My Half Century: Selected Prose

My Half Century: Selected Prose

by Anna Akhmatova
     
 

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Anna Akhmatova lived in a world suffused with tragedy: She faced the execution of her poet husband, the imprisonment and exile of her son, the deaths of many friends in labor camps, and personal censorship and illness.
However, throughout her life she remained committed to being a witness for the times with her daring poetry and prose.
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Anna Akhmatova lived in a world suffused with tragedy: She faced the execution of her poet husband, the imprisonment and exile of her son, the deaths of many friends in labor camps, and personal censorship and illness.
However, throughout her life she remained committed to being a witness for the times with her daring poetry and prose.
This collection includes Akhmatova's letters, essays on Pushkin, diatribes against the Stalinist establishment, rousing wartime broadcasts, and encounters with fellow poets. Here, through her deceptively simple style, the elusive writer conveys the closest thing to a self-portrait she ever allowed herself.

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"A real achievement." —Robert P. Hughes, Washington Post Book World
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Voice of her generation and prophet of Russia's misery, poet Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966) was touched by personal tragedies. Her first husband, poet Nikolai Gumilyov, was executed on the false charge of treason in 1921; their son Lev spent years in prison and exile. Herself vilified in the press, censored, isolated, plagued by tuberculosis, Akhmatova eked out a living as a translator until her belated recognition came in the 1960s. This kaleidoscopic selection of her prose includes autobiographical fragments, letters, essays on Pushkin, a rousing 1941 wartime broadcast to the women of Leningrad, diatribes against the Stalinist cultural establishment and encounters with Modigliani, Osip Mandelstam, Marina Tsvetaeva, Boris Pasternak and Alexander Blok. Akhmatova's quicksilver prose registers a resilient personality. Meyer, a Columbia University scholar, provides a useful biographical sketch and notes. Photos. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468301571
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
12/24/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
1,264,674
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"A real achievement." —Robert P. Hughes, Washington Post Book World

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Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966) is known as one of twentieth-century Russia's greatest poets. She suffered repression under Stalinism and after World War II; her literary achievement was finally internationally recognized in the final years of her life.

Ronald Meyer teaches the seminar on Russian literary translation at Columbia University. His most recent translation is Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Gambler and Other Stories.

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