Noise of Time: Selected Prose

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Though known primarily as a poet, Osip Mandelstam worked in many genres. This collection of his works, presented with essays by Mandelstam's biographer, illuminates the poet's accomplishments as a prose stylist and includes "The Noise of Time," a series of autobiographical sketches; "The Egyptian Stamp," a short story echoing Gogol and Dostoevsky; and his famous travel memoirs, "Theodosia" and "Journey to Armenia."

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Overview

Though known primarily as a poet, Osip Mandelstam worked in many genres. This collection of his works, presented with essays by Mandelstam's biographer, illuminates the poet's accomplishments as a prose stylist and includes "The Noise of Time," a series of autobiographical sketches; "The Egyptian Stamp," a short story echoing Gogol and Dostoevsky; and his famous travel memoirs, "Theodosia" and "Journey to Armenia."

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The most illuminating commentary on Mandelstam in English at the present moment. . . . A work of impeccable scholarship."
—Isaiah Berlin, New York Review of Books

"In this translation, 'Journey to Armenia' takes its place among the outstanding masterpieces of twentieth-century literature."
—Bruce Chatwin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810119284
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: European Classics Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 781,789
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Osip Mandelstam was born in Warsaw in 1891. Raised in St. Petersburg, he published his first collection, Stone, in 1913 and joined with Anna Akhmatova in the Acmeist movement. Arrested in 1934 for an epigram he'd written about Joseph Stalin, Mandelstam died in a gulag near Vladivostok in 1938. His works include Osip Mandelstam: Fifty Poems and Moscow Notebooks.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
A Note on the Illustrations 9
A Note on the Transliteration 11
Introduction: The Prose of Mandelstam 13
Introduction to the Second Edition 63
Music in Pavlovsk 69
Childish Imperialism 71
Riots and French Governesses 74
The Bookcase 77
Finland 81
The Judaic Chaos 83
The Concerts of Hofmann and Kubelik 88
The Tenishev School 90
Sergey Ivanych 94
Yuly Matveich 97
The Erfurt Program 99
The Sinani Family 101
Komissarzhevskaya 109
In a Fur Coat above One's Station 112
The Harbor Master 121
The Old Woman's Bird 124
The Royal Mantle of the Law 126
Mazesa da Vinci 128
The Egyptian Stamp 131
A Note on Fourth Prose and Journey to Armenia 165
Fourth Prose 175
Sevan 193
Ashot Ovanesian 198
Zamoskvorechie 199
Sukhum 208
The French 211
About the Naturalists 213
Ashtarak 219
Alagez 221
Notes 227
Selected Bibliography 243
Index of Names 245
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