By Anna Akhmatova - Selected Poems (Vintage Classics)

by Anna Akhmatova

Paperback, 2009

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Vintage Classics (2009)

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Anna Akhmatova is not only Russia's finest woman poet but perhaps the greatest in the history of Western culture. Selected Poemsbrings together all D. M. Thomas's acclaimed translations of Akhmatova's poems. It includes Requiem, her poem of the Stalinist Terror which 'belongs to a select number of sacred texts which, like American Indian dream-poems but for more sinister reasons, were considered too momentous, too truthful, to write down'; and Poem Without a Hero, described by Thomas as 'a superimposition of joyous, talented, light-hearted Petersburg upon tormented Leningrad - or vice versa . . . Akhmatova's love poem to her city'.

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Anna Akhmatova lived and wrote at the eye of the storm that overtook Russia in the first half of the twentieth century. She suffered and endured through revolution and war, terror and famine. Her acquaintances, lovers, husband and son were shot, or arrested and dragged off into the Gulag. But her work transcends her life; in clear, classical, measured Russian, she draws art from tragedy. Stanley Kunitz and Max Hayward's translations equal the strength of Akhmatova's poems.… (more)

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