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1. The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova
2. Anna Akhmatova (Everyman's Library
3. My Half-Century: Selected Prose
4. Selected Poems
5. Anna of All the Russias: A Life
6. Anna Akhmatova: Poet and Prophet
7. Selected Poems of Anna Akhmatova
8. Anna Akhmatova v Tverskom kraiu
9. Moscow Memoirs: MEMORIES OF ANNA
10. You Will Hear Thunder
11. The Poetry of Anna Akhmatova:
12. Twenty Poems (English and Russian
13. In a Shattered Mirror: The Later
14. Requiem and Poem Without a Hero
15. Anna of all the Russias: The life
16. Three Russian women poets: Anna
17. Anna Akhmatova: Poems
18. A Sense of Place: Tsarskoe Selo
19. Anna Akhmatova: A Poetic Pilgrimage
20. Remembering Anna Akhmatova

1. The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova
by Anna Akhmatova
Paperback: 948 Pages (2000-09-01)
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Asin: 0939010275
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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ed Roberta Reeder, tr Judith Hemshemeyer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Complete Poems of Anna Achmatova
A truly amazing and captivating collection of not only all of the Poet's work but also the riveting and heart breaking story of her life and harrowing survival as a writer in Communist Russia.
A must read!

4-0 out of 5 stars A true melancholic poetic spirit-though entrenched
AA is a true poetic spirit. If you are interested in finding out how true poets get inspired, here is a good example. I would caution readers though, that there is an a sense of pessimism, sadness and a nauseating mood that permeates many of the poems, but there is diversity though. Here is a human being who, in my opinion, found her hope in her sadness, which, interestingly, was and became expressive of a whole generation of the Russian people. Perhaps this is why she is called a prophet in the sense that she expressed the feelings of the people. This stance is good and many can benefit from it but, what is beyond the relishing in sadness, i would ask?

1-0 out of 5 stars if you want to read Russian poetry
you have to read it in Russian. You CANNOT CANNOT CANNOT, and i repeat, CANNOT (!) read it in translation- its like trading feces for gold. That is literally what it sounds like in comparison to the original. The specificity, brutality, the sumptuous tenderness of the Russian language are all but lost in these translations of one of this century's greatest poets. Although you might enjoy what you are reading, given you do not speak Russian- you honestly cannot even BEGIN to touch the greatness of Akhmatova or any other Russian poet by reading it in translation.

I honestly don't know who came up with the concept of translating poetry- to me its barbaric. A poem is so brief, it is so immediate and so dependent upon every word- no one should ever touch it. If you want it bad enough, learn Russian. And just so you know, reading Russian poetry in its original form is MORE than worth going through the trouble of learning the language. There is nothing in the world like it- nothing. It beats Shakespeare.

5-0 out of 5 stars Second book critic
This was one of a set of books I gave my daughter so I cannot rate the books so far as contents are concerned. To order it was easy and fast.

4-0 out of 5 stars Russian Poets of the 1930s
I am studying Russian writers of the 1930s particularly those who fled to Paris after the Bolshevik Revoltion of 1917. Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva were part of the pre-Revolution intelligencia and suffered terribly from the Reds suppression of artistic freedom. The Complete Poems of AA was helpful to me in this study. The photos, the biography and the dating of individual poems aided my work. Since I am not skilled in Russian, I cannot comment on the quality of the translation but the very moving English version of AA's expression iswhat I would hope is even better in her native tongue. There is no doubt that even in translation AA and MT were among the great poets of the 20th Century.

William Farragher ... Read more

2. Anna Akhmatova (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)
by Anna Akhmatova
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2006-05-16)
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Asin: 0307264246
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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A legend in her own time both for her brilliant poetry and for her resistance to oppression, Anna Akhmatova—denounced by the Soviet regime for her “eroticism, mysticism, and political indifference”—is one of the greatest Russian poets of the twentieth century.

Before the revolution, Akhmatova was a wildly popular young poet who lived a bohemian life. She was one of the leaders of a movement of poets whose ideal was “beautiful clarity”—in her deeply personal work, themes of love and mourning are conveyed with passionate intensity and economy, her voice by turns tender and fierce. A vocal critic of Stalinism, she saw her work banned for many years and was expelled from the Writers’ Union—condemned as “half nun, half harlot.” Despite this censorship, her reputation continued to flourish underground, and she is still among Russia’s most beloved poets.

Here are poems from all her major works—including the magnificent “Requiem” commemorating the victims of Stalin’s terror—and some that have been newly translated for this edition. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest translations...
This particular translation of Anna Akhmatova's work by Stanley Kunitz is by far a literary achievement of epic scale. Russian is a language with many nuances. But Kunitz captures the rhythm and texture like no English writer ever has. It's a gem! If you're considering a discovery of Anna Akhmatova, there is no finer translation in the English language. My only wish is that Kunitz had done more, translating Gogol or Chekhov. but we're left with both masterpieces. I for one am eternally grateful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Anna Ahkmatova - As Soulful as Always
While reading Harrison Salisbury's :Nine Hundred Days" about the seige of Leningrad, I found myself longing to re-read some Russian lit after 35 years.Ahkmatova is as profound and powerful as ever, though still mournful and sad, trying to make sense of a world gone mad with killinmg, jailing and hatred. I read her in college with the hope the world would change, but alas, it has not and the siren song she sang in the 1800's holds the same grip in 2009.She reminds you of the fear and desolation lost love brings while at the same timem finds a glimmer of hope to destroy the hatred that has cost so many, many lives.Beautiful and powerful. Michelle Czerner, 2/2009

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a excellent selection of poems by the great Russian poet Anna Akhmatova.The translations are by the noted Russian scholar Max Hayward and the noted American poet Stanley Kunitz.As a non-Russian speaker, I can't really judge the quality of translations but the end product is terrific.There are a number of wondeful short lyrics.The peak of this selection is a powerful version of the great Requiem, Akhmatova's memorial for the victims of Stalin's purges.A truly great poem.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Poet
I grew up in Russia reading Akhmatova, Esenin and other great poets of the "Silver Period". To this day, Akhmatova is the poet I turn to when nostalgia hits. So when I wanted to introduce Russian poetry to my English-speaking husband, I bought this volume.
I am giving this book only four stars because of the somewhat limited selection of the poems: some of her greatest (and best known in Russia) are missing. Kunitz really shines in being able to relay the mood and (surprisingly) the rythm of Akhmatova, even if the actual translatoin is not quite accurate. Overall, this is a great introduction to the poems of a truly talented poet. However, you will soon find yourself shopping for the complete works.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simplicity and meaning in poetry
I'm not a great poetry lover, but the simplicity and meaning of her poems is even enough to turn me on to poetry!!!! Her words reach my life experiences and touch my soul. ... Read more

3. My Half-Century: Selected Prose
by Anna Akhmatova
Paperback: 439 Pages (1997-07-20)
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all the major prose works ... Read more

4. Selected Poems
Paperback: 202 Pages (2009-01-16)
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Anna Akhmatova is identified, along with Osip Mandelstam, Boris Pasternak, and Marina Tsvetaeva, as one of the four leading poets of Twentieth-Century Russian literature. Her poetry, classically rhymed and metered but also laconic and highly elliptical, is deeply engaged with predecessors such as Horace, Dante, Shakespeare, Byron, Dostoevsky, Annensky and above all Pushkin, and also with contemporaries such as Mandelstam, T.S. Eliot, and Gumilev, her husband, who was persecuted and finally executed by Stalin. The poems collected, including the masterworks "Requiem" and "Poem without a Hero," conjure intimations of the infinite and profound emotional depth through meditations on the perception of everyday objects and evocative settings, forming a powerful record of spiritual resilience. With an introductory essay by Walter Arndt, acclaimed translator of Russian literature, and translations by Arndt, Robin Kemball, and Carl R. Proffer, this volume provides the most authoritative and readable versions of Akhmatova’s poetry in English. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Could be better
I got this selection of poetry because it's Akhmatova's highlights (e.g. Requiem and Poem Without a Hero) by a reliable publisher, but when I went to read Requiem I was a bit underwhelmed: I've read more moving, less wooden translations of the poem.I've studied Russian (not to the extent that I would be able to understand or appreciate the work entirely in its intended language) and Russian literature (in English) and I think I'll try Walter Arndt's translations (I was pleased by his translations of Pushkin's poetry) next time.

5-0 out of 5 stars The poet as witness and hero
The incredible courage of Anna Akhmatova in being true to her art and her homeland through the kinds of sufferings people in the West have known little of the like of is evident in these poems. The desolation and distance of seperation from loved ones is another subject written powerfully about here. I do not know Russian and cannot speak for the quality of translation. But Kunitz's renderings sound like true poetry. In the introduction Max Hayward tells in brief the story of her incredible isolation in life and dedication to her poetry. Her loyalty to her friends in dark times, and to the other three of the ' four of Russian poetry in this century' (Pasternak Mandelstam Tsetayava ) is also poignantly described. As is the role she had for the silent masses as one of those poetic voices who spoke for the suffering of all the Russians both in the wars and through the time of the Stalinist nightmare.

Here are two of the poems that especially moved me.

"The Last Toast"

I drink to our ruined house,
to the dolor of my life,
to our loneliness together:
and to you I raise my glass,
to lying lips that have betrayed us,
to dead- cold, pitiless eyes,
and to the hard realities:
that the world is brutal and coarse,
that God in fact has not saved us.


I am not one of those who left the land
to the mercy of its enemies
Their flattery leaves me cold,
my songs are not for them to praise.

But I pity the exile's lot,
Like a felon, like a man half- dead,
dark is your path, wanderer;
wormwood infects your foreign bread.

ut here , in the murk of conflagration,
where scarcely a friend is left to know,
we, the survivors, do not flinch
from anything, not from a single blow.

Surely the reckoning will be made
after the passing of this cloud.
We are the people without tears,
straighter than you.. more proud..

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book of lyric poetry
Anna Akhmatova was one of the century's greatest lyric poets.D. M. Thomas has selected a fine overview of her poetic accomplishment, and translated the poems stunningly: both lyric cadences and the quality of spoken speech come through in his refashioning of the poems into English.(The Hayward/Kunitz tranlations are also fine, but for a brief introduction this is a wonderful book.)

The volume contains her "Requieum," a ten pagel lyric sequence which is my choice for the greatest poem of the twentieth century, as it combines personal lyricism, social witness, historical density, a primal narrative moment -- in poems which are stunning, one after another.

Perhaps only Yeats has rivalled Akhmatova's exploration of love in modern times, and there are many moments when her symbolism, her brevity, her song-like qualities are reminiscent of the best of Yeats.

This is a wonderful book, a fine introduction to a great, powerful, haunting poet.

2-0 out of 5 stars Lost in the translation?
One often wonders, when one hears everyone and their brothers spouting superlatives about a poet from a historically repressive country, whether the superlatives are based on the poet's actual work, or whether they're insome way based on the poet's admirable-- but irrelevant-- ability toperform within a culture that is repressive to the poet's art. In somecases, the superlatives are justified, for example Vladimir Holan'sstunning book-length poem _A Night with Hamlet_, written while Holan wasofficially a non-person in Hungary in the sixties.

Akhmatova has beencalled "the greatest Russian woman poet ever, and perhaps the greatestwoman poet ever." I can't help but think those lauding on these kindsof laurels are looking more at her life than her work. There are certainlyflashes of great brilliance here, but to put Akhmativa's work up againstthat of, say, Elizabeth Bishop, Deborah Allbery, or even the underratedDorianne Laux would quickly reveal many of its flaws.

This is not to saythat Akhmatova's poetry is completely without merit, and one must be forcedto consider the viability of the work of any translator who would consider"He, was it, through the packed hall/Sent you (or was it adream?)" to be the best way to translate anything, much less poetry.And thus, perhaps, the original is far more eloquent than what we receivehere. That taken into account, there is still the problem to contend withthat much of Akhmatova's work is, for obvious reasons, overtly political,and makes no attempt to convey its message artistically; worse yet, a gooddeal of that work is imagist, impressionist. The end result is somethingthat's thick, sludgy, and impossible to read.

However, every once in awhile a good line will shine through, and occasionally we find ourselvesstaring at a poem that seems to exist well outside the boundaries of thisparticular collection:

* * *


And the town is frozensolid, leaded with ice.

Trees, walls, snow, seem to be under glass.Cautiously I tread on crystals. The painted sleighs can't seem to get agrip. And over the statue of Peter-in-Voronezh Are crows, and poplars, anda pale-green dome Washed-out and muddy in the sun-motes. The mighty slopesof the field of Kulikovo Tremble still with the slaughter of barbarians.And all at once the poplars, like lifted chalices, Enmesh more boisterouslyoverhead Like thousands of wedding-guests feasting And drinking toasts toour happiness. And in the room of the banished poet Fear and the Muse taketurns at the watch, And the night comes When there will be no sunrise.

** *

Unfortunately, there's too little of this and too much of the rest.Giving the benefit of the doubt where the translation is concerned, I canstill only manage ** 1/2. ... Read more

5. Anna of All the Russias: A Life of Anna Akhmatova
by Elaine Feinstein
Kindle Edition: 352 Pages (2007-12-18)
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Asin: B000XUDI0G
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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In this definitive biography of the legendary Russian poet, Elaine Feinstein draws on a wealth of newly available material–including memoirs, letters, journals, and interviews with surviving friends and family–to produce a revelatory portrait of both the artist and the woman.Anna Akhmatova rose to fame in the years before World War I, but she would pay a heavy price for the political and personal passions that informed her brilliant poetry. In Anna of All the Russias we see Akhmatova's work banned from 1925 until 1940 and again after World War II. We see her steadfast opposition to Stalin, even while her son was held in the Gulag. We see her abiding loyalty to such friends as Mandelstam, Shostakovich, and Pasternak as they faced Stalinist oppression. And we see how, through everything, Akhmatova continued to write, her poetry giving voice to the Russian people by whom she was, and still is, deeply loved.

From the Trade Paperback edition. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Strong in Certain Details but Lacking in Cohesion
Feinstein has researched and written an admirable biography. She selects her details, writes about Anna Akhmatova with detached compassion and rarely if ever allows judgment to haunt her biography. Her research is overwhelming at times and even though the reader can sense her dedication, the work lacks a cohesive element. While Feinstein lists events, actions and reactions to various controversial situations in Akhmatova's life (her marriage and divorce to her husbands, Mandelstam's arrest and exile, her troubled relationship to her son), there is no real strong sense of understanding nor an attempt at psychology. Feinstein records but rarely offers an interpretation.

Every life retold is a story. Akhmatova's life began in comfort and ease but degraded through the Soviet years. She suffered creative suppression under Stalin, constantly burned certain poems and articles that might jeopardize her freedom and the freedom of those around her. She suffered loss and pain when her lover and son were sent to prison.

Feinstein's biography doesn't truly give the reader a feeling of what this remarkable and strong woman went through. We get snippets here and there. We read about this illness and that loss but there is no emotional grounding. The details pile on and the chapters go by but we don't get a sense of a life lived. By the time you finish this book, you'll have read through a list of years, impressions from various journals and eye-witness accounts but again, without some sincere attempt at coalescing and putting Akhmatova's life into a narrative framework, the biography feels more like journalism.

This book is at best a great introduction but not a comprehensive analysis of Akhmatova's great stature in Russian history and literature.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great poet, fascinating beauty ,heart rending Russian history lesson
What a moving , inspiringbiography this is !

A Must read.

If you are not acquaintedwithAnna Akhmatova

And the astonishingartistic creativity in Russia

that miraculouslyabided

thru unimaginable tumolt and oppression.
This book will do the trick!
Part of this miracle:

how passionate and tender their support towards each other amidst.

What beauty endured.

Amazing, complex and ardent characters in her circledescribed,too.

And they were real.


one accomplshmentof thisbio

is that it leaves one

humbeledyetsumptuouslyentertained in the midst..

My edition , dog eared by now.

What a fascinating woman andtime in Russia.

You will fall in love.

5-0 out of 5 stars An illuminating and highly readable biography
Elaine Feinstein's engrossing biography of Anna Akhmatova - one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century - makes the woman, her work and her world vividly alive. In chronicling this extraordinarily dramatic life, Feinstein makes use of a broad range of new material, including letters, journals and memoirs, and interviews Akhmatova's surviving friends and relatives.

Feinstein follows Akhmatova from her privileged Russian youth to her free-spirited early adulthood and her first, unhappy marriage to the poet Nikolay Gumilyov. The 1920s were years of starvation in Russia, but for Akhmatova they were also a period of great creativity and many love affairs, some painful, others more fulfilling. In a key encounter, Akhmatova met and fell in love with a married art historian, Vladimir Punin, and lived with him in his apartment, where his unhappy wife and young daughter had to remain.

During this time, Akhmatova's son, Lev, from her first marriage, suddenly re-entered her life. Feinstein gives a heartbreaking account of her relationship with Lev, who was exiled in Siberia for many years. (Despite Akhmatova's many pleas to the Soviet authorities on his behalf, Lev was not rehabilitated until 1956.)

Akhmatova's works were banned in the Soviet Union from 1925 to 1940, but despite ill health and further turmoil, her inner toughness enabled her to continue to write poetry of genius. She remained in Leningrad when the Nazis invaded and then was airlifted out to Tashkent, where she spent the war years.

This immensely readable and profoundly touching study shows how, despite her many hardships, Akhmatova was prepared to give her unstinting support to friends such as Mandelstam, Pasternak and Shostakovich who were victimised by the Stalin regime. And Feinstein sheds invaluable light on the uniqueness of the poems which gave a voice to the people of Russia and which still evoke intense love and admiration for Akhmatova to this day.

Marcus Adams

3-0 out of 5 stars Slow but enjoyable
I particularly liked Feinstein's biography of Akhmatova, although is a slow read, it introduces the reader to the human Akhmatova, with all her qualities and imperfections. Her generosity as a friend, her passion for poetry, her frail relationship with her son, the failed marriages and dire love affairs, the everyday struggle for existence and all of these aspects reflected in her poetry. There are many interesting facts about her life like her meeting with Isaiah Berlin and the emotional and political consequence that followed, her marriage to the eccentric Vladimir Shilejko and her strange relationship with Lydia Chukovskaya all of which give a new and complete portrait of Akhmatova as a poet and a soviet citizen. ... Read more

6. Anna Akhmatova: Poet and Prophet
by Roberta Reeder
Paperback: 864 Pages (2007-11-01)
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A definitive biography, ten years in the making, of Russia's greatest twentieth-century woman poet recounts her aristocratic childhood in St. Petersburg, her reputation for clairvoyance, her influential innovations in the art of poetry, her abuse by Stalin, and more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A look into Russian intellectual life
Much more than the biography of a great poet, it is a looking glass into intellectual life in Russia during one of its most prolific and tragic eras. Invaluable. (Reviewed in Russian Life)

2-0 out of 5 stars Indigestible
This is an exhaustively researched biography; no stone is left unturned in the names, places, dates and events of the poet Akhmatova's life.However, Reeder doesn't seem to manage compiling the mountain of data into a flowing narrative.The effect is a bit like watching a homemade movie made with a handheld camera, constantly zooming around and giving a sudden close-up of something.Suddenly, you'll get several pages in which she heavily excerpts other works about a particular person's life, even at the expense of shining any light on Akhamatova herself.In the section she devotes to the poet Osip Mandelstam, we are suddenly told that he "had the brilliant idea of getting a cow" to survive his exile.In fact, his widow Nadezhda wrote in her superlative memoir that getting a cow was her idea and (Osip) was "not keen on my plan ... 'Nothing ever comes of such schemes,' he said."Ultimately, Reeder's biography feels a bit clinical.She does a good job at analyzing the poetry, but Akhmatova herself eludes us.(By the way, to hear Akhmatova reciting her own poetry, go to www.russianpoetry.net, then click on "Voices.")

5-0 out of 5 stars Chock full bioof a fascinating muse, great poet
First of all,

I've read this bio

Twice thru

and still,not enough!

Akhmatovahad a fascinating beauty. Painted and photographed by many.

She was a great poetwho evolvedduring

Un imaginable tumolt .She witnessed this& uncannily endured.

But what an undivided love and loyalty

left over riding

for this place called Russia.

What a strange continentthis must be..

What a place of paradoxs,Russia must be.

This rich bio lends all of that.

One of my FAVORITE biographies,ever!


5-0 out of 5 stars An interesting character in interesting times
Beautifully written bringing to life the real Anna set in the real history of that period in Russia.Both a history lesson and a poetry lesson. ... Read more

7. Selected Poems of Anna Akhmatova
by Anna Akhmatova, Anna Andreevna Gorenko
 Hardcover: 638 Pages (2004-01-01)
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A companion to The Complete Poems, this collection offers in a bilingual format some of the Russian poet’s most intense and lyrical moments, while retaining a preface by Roberta Reeder and accompanying notes for Judith Hemschemeyer’s translations. "We needn’t worry again about how to read Akhmatova in translation."—The Observer (London) "In this restrained and accurate translation ... the sense and message strike with all the weight of the original." —New York Times Book Review

Judith Hemschemeyer began translating Akhmatova in 1976. She is a professor at the University of Central Florida, and has published several books of poetry and translations. Roberta Reeder has taught at Harvard and Yale and is the author of Akhmatova’s biography, Anna Akhmatova: Poet & Prophet.

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A companion to The Complete Poems, this collection offers some of the Russian poet's most intense and lyrical moments in bilingual format, while retaining a preface by Roberta Reeder and accompanying notes for Judith Hemschemeyer's translations. "We needn't worry again about how to read Akhmatova in translation." -The Observer (London) "In this restrained and accurate translation ... the sense and message strike with all the weight of the original." -New York Times Book Review

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4-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Lyric Poet, admirable translation and selection
Anna Akhmatova not only lived through some of the most exciting, dangerous, and horrific times in Russian and Soviet history, she was also blessed with an incredible lyrical gift in writing poetry. Collected here, in admirable translations and with the original Russian, are over a hundred of her finer (shorter) poems. The passion and intensity of this poet are clearly visible from the start, from her early love poems of "Tskarskoye Selo" to her later, more serious, "Requiem".

Readers who know enough Russian to read the cyrillic text will appreciate Akhmatova's musical lyricism, the alliteration and natural rhymes and cadences she is able to (so easy, seemingly!) create. The English translations naturally do not have this music, despite the very valiant attempts to recreate it by Hemschemeyer. She usually gets the cadence, rhythm and stress pretty well, but... well... it's never the same. However, since the poetry is difficult, those who have some Russian (but not perfect, like myself) will really enjoy having both languages present on opposing pages.

This is a chief complaint I have with the "Complete Poems", by the way, which have 800 poems, a lot of essays and tons of beautiful photographs, but NO RUSSIAN ORIGINALS! Argh. What is that? The translations are much less than half the worth of these poems.

One big complaint with this volume, though, is that it leaves out Akhmatova's major long poem, "Poem without a Hero". It baffles me why it wasn't included in this volume, even though it runs a bit long. They should have added it to the end. The editor's notes that a subsequent volume of "Poem without a Hero" is forthcoming on its own is small consolation...

There are short introductions (abridged from the "Complete Poems" and not terribly interesting), and some notes at the end (somewhat useful).

So, this is a great poet, and this may be one of the better editions for readers. Because of the slight complaints, it only gets four stars, but Akhmatova herself deserves all five! ... Read more

8. Anna Akhmatova v Tverskom kraiu (Russian Edition)
by Anna Andreevna Akhmatova
 Unknown Binding: 158 Pages (1989)

Isbn: 5239005079
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by Emma Gerstein
Hardcover: 512 Pages (2004-09-02)
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Asin: 1585675954
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Review of Emma Gerstein's Moscow Memoirs
As a Mandelstam fanatic who has read Nadezhda Yakovlevna Mandelstam's classic two volumes of memoirs numerous times, I found this memoir enormously rewarding, as a complementary source.Ever since reading Lydia Korneevna Chukovskaya's first volume of her Akhmatova memoirs (which for me are unparalleled in conveying a picture of the 'real' Akhmatova), I have looked for precisely this type of memoir--the more details, the more quirky, subjective touches, the better. I applaud Emma Gerstein for balancing the focus perfectly between self-revelation versus descriptions of Mandelstam, Akhmatova, and other creative geniuses of Soviet Russia.I would not want to read a memoir that contained nothing of the author's viewpoint, history, etc., but neither would I want something too self-absorbed.I unreservedly recommend this book for anyone interested in either Mandelstam or Akhmatova.The writing is excellent, the sensibility so engaging and prepossessing as to make me sorry that I never had the privilege of knowing the author.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enlightening reading experience!
This is a revealing book; most books about Akhmatova, Mandelstam and Nadezhda Mandelstam, concentrate on the intellectual aspects of their work, as well as their creative process.What makes this book different is that it gets into their daily lives and personalities and surrounds that with the politics (artistic as well as governmental) of the time in which they lived. Gerstein's depictions are graphically detailedand get into the nugget of each personality.These are real, living, breathing human beings.I highly recommend it.

1-0 out of 5 stars very disappointing
This is a very weak book when compared to Nadezhda Mandelstam's memoirs of the same period and personalities. Gerstein is not a gifted writer, so one must wade through a great deal of boring material to find something of interest. ... Read more

10. You Will Hear Thunder
by Anna Akhmatova
Paperback: 157 Pages (1985-07-01)
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Asin: 0821408062
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11. The Poetry of Anna Akhmatova: Living in Different Mirrors (Anthem Series on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies)
by Alexandra Harrington
Hardcover: 288 Pages (2006-05-01)
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Asin: 1843312220
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This book arose from several years of research on Akhmatova. Anna Akhmatova is one of the most acclaimed poets of the twentieth century. Her career falls into two distinct periods, an 'earlier' and a 'later', the dividing line being her period of relative silence between 1925 and 1940.  As is often observed, her return to poetry brings with it a sudden and dramatic shift away from a relatively homogenous body of early lyric miniatures to a more diverse and complex style. One of the major unresolved problems in Akhmatova scholarship is that of how the poetics of the two phases are related. Previous attempts to plot her creative trajectory contain internal inconsistencies and are in conflict with one another, often serving to confuse rather than clarify the debate. This book seeks to explore these themes, bringing reconciliation to seemingly disparate views. This book outlines a fresh and coherent framework for the apprehension of Akhmatova's oeuvre in its totality, seeing her as a poet who moves beyond modernism in her later period. The appeal to postmodernism, which is in itself innovatory with regard to Akhmatova studies, also allows exploration of a second problematic issue: how to account for the shift in self-presentation in the later verse, and the different concept of poetic self which it advances. This new account of Akhmatova's path to maturity challenges the conventional view of the early Akhmatova as poet in the classical Russian tradition, and of the later Akhmatova as paradigmatically modernist.
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12. Twenty Poems (English and Russian Edition)
by Anna Andreevna Akhmatova
 Paperback: 53 Pages (1985-12)
list price: US$8.95
Isbn: 0915408309
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite translations of Akhmatova.
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13. In a Shattered Mirror: The Later Poetry of Anna Akhmatova
by Susan Amert
Hardcover: 288 Pages (1992-07-01)
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Asin: 0804719829
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14. Requiem and Poem Without a Hero
by Anna Akhmatova
 Hardcover: 78 Pages (1976-06)
list price: US$10.00
Isbn: 0821403508
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15. Anna of all the Russias: The life of Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966)
by J Davies
 Paperback: 148 Pages (1988)

Isbn: 0569090865
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16. Three Russian women poets: Anna Akhmatova, Marina Tsvetayeva, Bella Akhmadulina
 Paperback: 109 Pages (1983)
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Asin: 0895941201
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Russian poets in English
That is a great book, which gives an opportunity for english-reading people to get to know russian culture and poetry. Those are the most brilliant poets of 20th century. I'm sure everybody would enjoy it, once they read it. ... Read more

17. Anna Akhmatova: Poems
by Lyn Coffin
 Hardcover: 134 Pages (1983-04)
list price: US$15.50
Isbn: 039301567X
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18. A Sense of Place: Tsarskoe Selo and Its Poets : Papers from the 1989 Dartmouth Conference Dedicated to the Centennial of Anna Akhmatova
by Dartmouth Conference (1989 Dartmouth College), Lev Loseff, Barry P. Scherr, Lev Loseff
 Paperback: 368 Pages (1993-06-01)
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Asin: 089357239X
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19. Anna Akhmatova: A Poetic Pilgrimage (Oxford Lives)
by Amanda Haight
 Paperback: 224 Pages (1990-10-18)
list price: US$14.95
Isbn: 0192827499
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This striking biography, the first ever written about the great Russian poet, Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966), illuminates Akhmatova's dramatic personal and professional struggles. From the isolation of the twenty-five years she was banned from publishing her work, and the sorrow of her tragic losses--her first husband executed by Stalin, her second dead in the work camps, and her son imprisoned for fourteen years--to her final years of triumph receiving public acclaim as the country's foremost woman poet, this compelling, authoritative account traces the relationship between her writings and her life. Haight provides elegant translations and detailed analyses of Akhmatova's finest works, including "Requiem" and "Poem without a Hero," revealing the brilliance of this now highly praised poet. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars an excellent, insightful biography of a great poet
Amanda Haight produced an marvelous, analytical, informative biography of the Russian poet (not "poetess!") Anna Akhmatova.This woman's life was certainly fascinating in its own right, and Haight makes it allthe more interesting because of her clear presentation, good organization,and obvious connection with her subject.The poet's life is covered fromher birth to her death in the 1960s; in her long life, she saw therevolution, suffered great personal tragedy (often the product of theStalinist regime), but kept writing through it all.This biography wouldbe interesting to a person who had no prior knowledge of Akhmatova or aperson who is familiar with her poetry and wants to know more about thewriter.I have always found that Akhmatova and Wordsworth are the twopoets I have the most trouble separating from the speakers of their poetry,and this biography is thus a very interesting companion to Akhmatova'swork.Haight's writing and research are difficult to find fault with.Ialso recommend THE COMPLETE POEMS OF ANNA AKHMATOVA, edited by RobertaReeder. ... Read more

20. Remembering Anna Akhmatova
by Anatoly Nayman
 Paperback: Pages (1993-04)
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Asin: 0805026673
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