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It is a deeply moving, personal account of life in the Gulag under Stalin. Lacking the grandeur of Solzhenitsyn 's account, it may be more moving for its very intimate telling.Published 24 months ago by Stephen D. Eshelman
I am a descendant of Osip Mandelshtam and this book has given me an insight into the life of this poetPublished 24 months ago by MARIA COLLINS
As a teacher of a course on the Cold War, I am sometimes appalled by the near total ignorance of young American students regarding this half century and of the nature of the Soviet... Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by John Desmond
A rare book by an extraordinary woman. The tale is ostensibly about her husband, the poet Mandelstam, who was imprisoned and eventually died under Stalin. Read morePublished on January 20, 2011 by SG
This is an outstanding book but, unfortunately, the copy I received was defective. The first page of the last chapter (page 395) is missing. Read morePublished on April 27, 2010 by HistoricalReader
Hope against hope is one of the great works of the 20th century.
It's a reminder that for whatever reasons, American novels and non-fiction since WW 2 can't touch the... Read more
Nadezhda Mandelstam's haunting memoir describes life with her exiled poet husband during the 1920s and 1930s in the Soviet Union, as the noose of the government gradually tightened... Read morePublished on July 11, 2008 by Irina Hynes
No book does a better job of showing what life was like inside the whirlwind that was Stalinist Russia. Read morePublished on February 1, 2008 by Sam J. Miller
This is a beautiful tribute to a harassed, brutalized and, finally, murdered poet, who died along with so many in the meat grinder of the Soviet killing machine. Read morePublished on August 15, 2007 by David Schweizer