The Akhmatova Journals: Volume 1: 1938-1941

Russian poet Anna Akhmatova became the conscience of a generation under the brutal repression of Josef Stalin. In examining the life and art of this courageous woman, THE ANNA AKHMATOVA JOURNALS offers a portrait of a beloved artist.
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Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966) was one of the greatest Russian poets of this century. But during her life she was subjected to scathing critical attacks, denounced as “half-nun, half-whore,” and then expelled from the Writers’ Union. She also endured severe personal losses. Akhmatova’s friend Lydia Chukovskaya (1907-96) kept intimate diaries of her conversations with the great poet. First published in the U.S.S.R. in 1987, The Akhmatova Journals offers a rare look into the day-to-day life of Akhmatova.

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