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The Guest from the Future: Anna Akhmatova and Isaiah Berlin

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In 1945 Isaiah Berlin, working in Russia for the British Foreign Office, met Anna Akhmatova almost by chance in what was then Leningrad. The brief time they spent together one long November evening was a transformng experience for both, and has become a cardinal moment in modern literary history.

For Akhmatova, Berlin was a "guest from the future," her ideal reader outside
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 25th 2000 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1998)
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I thought this book per se was only all right--treating with the circumstances and aftermath of the momentous meeting of Anna Akhmatova and scholar/diplomat Isaiah Berlin in Leningrad in 1946. But for clues to the enigmatic Akhmatova's poem "Poem without a Hero," it was invaluable.

The meeting with the brilliant Berlin revitalized her desire to write and to live, and thus it was a crucial meeting for Akhmatova and Russian literature, although the book itself is drab beyond drab. The author sugges
Dec 08, 2011 Daisy marked it as to-read
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from Janet Fitch's review, which makes it sound interesting: Learned so much about her association between fame and death, I didn't know.
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