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The Word That Causes Death's Defeat: Poems of Memory

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Anna Akhmatova (1889–1966), one of twentieth-century Russia’s greatest poets, was viewed as a dangerous element by post-Revolution authorities. One of the few unrepentant poets to survive the Bolshevik revolution and subsequent Stalinist purges, she set for herself the artistic task of preserving the memory of pre-Revolutionary cultural heritage and of those who had been s ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 11th 2004 by Yale University Press (first published September 27th 2004)
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After having read Anna Akhmatova's oeuvre, it was more than appropriate to read a book like this one detailing her life etc. One of the starkest moments in the book is when Mandelstam says, that only in Russia can you be put to death for poetry.
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Also known as: Анна Ахматова, Anna Ahmatova, Anna Achmatowa

Pen name of Anna Andreyevna Gorenko, a Russian modernist poet, credited as one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon.

Akhmatova's work ranges from short lyric poems to universalized, ingeniously structured cycles, such as Requiem (1935-40), her tragic masterpiece about the Stalinist terror. Her work addresses a variety of theme
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