By Elaine Feinstein
During this definitive biography of the mythical Russian poet, Elaine Feinstein attracts on a wealth of newly to be had material–including memoirs, letters, journals, and interviews with surviving buddies and family–to produce a revelatory portrait of either the artist and the woman.Anna Akhmatova rose to popularity within the years earlier than international conflict I, yet she could pay a heavy fee for the political and private passions that trained her tremendous poetry. In Anna of the entire Russias we see Akhmatova's paintings banned from 1925 till 1940 and back after global battle II. We see her steadfast competition to Stalin, even whereas her son was once held within the Gulag. We see her abiding loyalty to such associates as Mandelstam, Shostakovich, and Pasternak as they confronted Stalinist oppression. And we see how, via every thing, Akhmatova persevered to jot down, her poetry giving voice to the Russian humans by way of whom she used to be, and nonetheless is, deeply enjoyed.
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Anna of All the Russias: A Life of Anna Akhmatova by Elaine Feinstein