Osip Mandelstam is a central figure not only in modern Russian but in world poetry, the author of some of the most haunting and memorable poems of the twentieth century. A contemporary of Anna Akhmatova, Marina Tsvetayeva, and Boris Pasternak, a touchstone for later masters such as Paul Celan and Robert Lowell, Mandelstam was a crucial instigator of the "revolution of the word" that took place in St. Petersburg, only to be crushed by the Bolshevik Revolution. Mandelstam's last poems, written in the interval between his exile to the provinces by Stalin and his death in the Gulag, are an extraordinary testament to the endurance of art in the presence of terror.
This book represents a collaboration between the scholar Clarence Brown and W. S. Merwin, one of contemporary America's finest poets and translators. It also includes Mandelstam's "Conversation on Dante," an uncategorizable work of genius containing the poet's deepest reflections on the nature of the poetic process.
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Reading Mandelstam is like drinking from a snow-fed stream: cool clean, refreshing--and yet, he takes one's breath away. I keep this volume on my shelf, and always come back to it. I would like to find a collection of his complete works, including his prose. Until I do, I am happy to have found this collection.
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I had never heard of Osip Mandelstam until last semester when I read Sven Birkerts's The Electric Life. It was clear that Sven loves and respects him above many other poets. Since then, his name keeps ... Read full review