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The Akhmatova Journals, 1938-1941

The Akhmatova Journals, 1938-1941( )
Author: Chukovskaya, Lydia
Translator: Michalski, Milena
Rubashova, Sylva
Transcribed by: Michalski, Milena
Publication Date:Apr 2002
Publisher:Northwestern University Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $24.95
Book Description:

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...
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Book Details
Detailed Subjects: Biography & Autobiography / Literary Figures
Literary Criticism / Russian & Former Soviet Union
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.125 x 9.25 x 0.8 Inches
Book Weight:1.047 Pounds
Author Biography
Chukovskaya, Lydia (Author)
Daughter of the famous critic Kornei Chukovsky, Lydia Chukovskaya is a fiction writer and memoirist of note. Her two novels, Sofia Petrovna (1965), which was translated as The Deserted House, and Going Under (1972), dealt with the Stalin period. The former work is a portrait of a woman whose psyche gradually dissolves under the impact of the purges.

A close friend of Anna Akhmatova, Chukovskaya preserved a detailed account of their encounters, highly important for understanding the poet's biography and views. Chukovskaya became a leading dissident, and was expelled from the Writers' Union in 1974.


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