The Diaries of Nikolay Punin: 1904-1953
Nikolay Punin (1888-1953) was the most articulate Russian/Soviet art critic of the 1920s. He strongly advocated Constructivism, an avant-garde impulse that favored mechanomorphic abstraction and proclaimed a movement to bring art into the center of popular life. In the United States, he is perhaps best remembered for his love affair with Anna Akhmatova, one of the great po...more
Paperback, 323 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by University of Texas Press
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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