Large edition of Russia's greatest modern poet, Anna Akhmatova (1899-1966), including "Requiem", commemorating all of Stalin's victims, and "Poem Without a Hero".
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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 new edition of the selected poems of Russia's greatest twentieth-century poet, published to celebrate her 120th anniversary.
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Book Description Puffin, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140585583