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Academic Studies Press
Now available for the first time in English, Oleg Lekmanov’s critically acclaimed Mandelstam presents the maverick Russian poet’s life and work to a wider audience and includes the most reliable details of the poet’s life, which were recently found and released from the KGB archives. Through his engaging narrative, Lekmanov carries the reader through Mandelstam’s early life and education in pre-revolutionary Petersburg, at the Sorbonne in Paris, and in Heidelberg and his return to revolutionary Russia. Bold and fearless, he was quoted as saying: “Only in Russia do they respect poetry. They even kill you for it.” Osip Mandelstam compared a writer to a parrot, saying that once his owner tires of him, he will cover his cage with black cloth, which becomes for literature a surrogate of night. In 1938, Mandelstam was arrested and six months later became a statistic: over 500,000 political prisoners were sent to the Gulags in 1938; between 1931 and 1940, over 300,000 prisoners died in the Gulags. One of them was the poet Osip Mandelstam. This is the tragic story of his life, pre-empted by the black cloth of Stalinism.

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A specialist in Russian poetry of the 20th century, Lekmanov (Moscow State U.) discusses the life and work of Russian poet Osip Mandelstam (1891-1938), emphasizing his conflicting desires to be part of society and to stand apart from it. He also sorts through the condemnation of his character and behavior by many contemporaries, and vehement denial of the accusations by others. He begins before the first "Stone" 1891-1913, and progresses through "Tristia" in 1922, "Poems" in 1928, before the arrest 1928-34, and the final years. Translated from Russian by Tatiana Retivov. Only names are indexed. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Boston : Academic Studies Press, 2010
ISBN: 9781618110145
Characteristics: 1 online resource (v, 196 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Retivov, Tatiana
Fleĭshman, Lazarʹ


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