The Diaries of Nikolay Punin: 1904-1953
The first English translation of ten diary notebooks that art critic Nikolay Punin wrote between 1915 and 1936.
Paperback, 324 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by University of Texas Press
(first published January 1st 1999)
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I visited the apartment Punin lived in before he was 'disappeared'. It was in the Sheremetev Palace just off Nevsky Prospect in St Petersburg. His overcoat still hung on the hanger in the ante-room at the top of the stairs, quite a poignant sight. But he interests me because Akhmatova was in love with him for a long time, and shared those rooms at times with both Punin and his wife. These diaries include the most fascinating details of life in Russia mid-20th century as well as insights into Akh...more