Selected Poems

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Penguin Books, 1992 - Poetry - 146 pages
Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966) is not only Russia's finest woman poet but perhaps the greatest in the history of Western culture. Selected Poems brings together all D. M. Thomas's acclaimed translations of Akhmatova's poems. It includes Requiem, her poem of the Stalinist Terror which 'belongs to a select number of sacred texts which, like American Indian dream-poems but for more sinister reasons, were considered too momentous, too truthful, to write down'; and Poem Without a Hero, described by Thomas as 'a superimposition of joyous, talented, light-hearted Petersburg upon tormented Leningrad - or vice versa Akhmatova's love poem to her city'.

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This is a selection of poetry from several of Akhmatova's collections, translated by D. M .Thomas. I picked out a few poems from this to read, and very much enjoyed them. The only reason for ... Read full review

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About the author (1992)

Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966), the literary pseudonym of Anna Andreevna Gorenko, became famous after the publication of her second book of poems, Beads.


D. M. Thomas is the author of the novel The White Hotel. He has translated works by Akhmatova and Pushkin.

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