Akhmatova, who died in 1966, is a representative of Russia's pre-Revolutionary "Silver Age" of poetry. She had fulfilled her destiny to "stand witness to the common lot", to the harsh and sometimes terrifying experiences through which she and her country had lived for 50 years.
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McKane's Akhmatova versions are unparalleled, and a great advance on his admittedly brilliant early work on that wonderful poet. They have a restrained brilliance and an extraordinary personal power. --Peter Levi
This book is outstanding value for money. Apart from 264 pages of poems, there are notes by both writer and translator, an informative introduction and lengthy excerpts from Akhmatova's autobiographical writings. And of course the stamp of greatness is all over it; nobody could mistake the sound of someone creating on a different level. Reading these poems is like being higher up a mountain than people are meant to go; you can only take it for so long. --Sheenagh Pugh, Poetry Review
Whether epic or epigrammatic (and this new Selected Poems confirms how powerful she can be in either mood), she often expresses her sense of history by personifying it in one of the more statuesque and archetypal female modes of being: mourning, enduring, witnessing. In order to bear witness, she had to stay put, honing her gift to a tensile strength equal to any horror that war, famine or Stalin could devise . . . With so many of the later poems now in this one collection it is possible to trace the sweep of her development, and feel how the lovely early lyrics are balanced by the more tough and declarative pieces she wrote in her early seventies. --Carol Rumens, Sunday Times
"A genius of Russian poetry" ( Sunday Times)
"Once, when young, she had written the lines which lovers quoted to one another. Later she provided words which thousands of men and women repeated under their breath, as they suffered, feared and waited." ( Observer)
"The greatest Russian poetess of the twentieth century" (Joseph Brodsky)
"Her fortitude and independence, the breadth of her compassion and the clarity of her realistic vision erased the line between herself and others; her intensely personal lyrics became the void of her nation's tragedy" ( New York Times Book Review)
"The extraordinary misery of her life and the extraordinary merits of her poems make Anna Akhmatova one of the great literary figures of modern times" ( Economist)
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Book Description Bloodaxe Books, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110002710412
Book Description Bloodaxe Books, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002710412
Book Description Bloodaxe Books, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2710412