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Complete Poems: Vols 1-2 Hardcover – May 1990


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  • Hardcover: 1500 pages
  • Publisher: Zephyr Press (May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939010135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939010134
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 9.9 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,988,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We needn't worry again about how to read Akhmatova in translation... the translations are remarkable. Reading this enormous, impeccable book, we watch her work achieve the supreme goal of lyric poetry: to transfigure loss without belittling it, commemorate love without cooling it, and embody the truth of disparate lives in a single self. (Andrew Motion The Observer)

Hemschemeyer's versions are the best I have ever seen. This great lilac brick of a book is a stupendous bargain. (Michael Hoffman The Times)

This edition is an enormous achievement . . . usefully annotated and well illustrated. The text is the definitive English-language edition of Akhmatova . . . a ground-breaking work. (Elizabeth Burns The Scotsman)

A fitting tribute to one of the greatest poets of the century... this is a volume to be treasured. (The Good Book Guide)

This is one of the most important publications of the year, if not the decade. (Adam Thorpe Literary Review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The greatest, most comprehensive, and best translated edition of one of the twentieth century's greatest and most relevant poets. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Sep 1999
Format: Paperback
This book has everything. Biographical details, a superb selection of photographs, comprehensive notes - and most importantly, hundreds of poems by one of the greatest poets of all time. All Akhmatova's known poems are included, from her carefree days as a young girl through her many romances and marriages to her old age. Most importantly, they are accurately translated from the Russian, without additions, subtractions or alterations. Akhmatova's majestic voice rings out clearly, from every page. There are extensive appendices to help the reader understand some of the more complex aspects and references in the poems. Anyone with even the slightest interest in poetry should buy this remarkable book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By berlin on 30 May 2004
Format: Paperback
I agree with the previous reviewer, and would only add that it's a book that should appeal to anybody who's interested in books. Indeed, with its photos, its stringent biography, its illustrations and its meticulous layout it's so obviously a labour of love you feel that a poet as great as Akhmatova has found a translator as great again - and as much of an artist. Forget the other translations of Akhmatova - this is the one to get, and put a plastic cover on. A model of a book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anna Abrahamyan on 1 Dec 2007
Format: Paperback
Anna Akhmatova's views on life through windows of an everchanging feminine spirit comes in a strow of poems in this collection. I found this version fully corresponding with the Russian version...

Her works are literary monuments of world literature and have a special place in the hearts of the Russians who albeit the socialist way of life and years of censorship, have nembraced her writings as detrimental in defining the woman's role in Soviet and post-Soviet societies. She's a true role model that brings a feminine mindset out as a human component of passion and intelligence, capable of mixing the two Maries in one - a dilemma still subject of a great debate in the West. Her life from childhood to adulthood go through introvert and extrovert changes, she almost physically exceeds emotions on the shifting political influences in her country and yet stays loyal to the very feminine core of her existence - her confused lovelife, her allowing herself to be exposed to the intellectual influence of someone as dubious yet powerful as Gumilev...

Anna Akhmatova is a true Eurasian, a composure of a woman of two distinct worlds in search of a singular truth and thus her narrative takes the reader once into a rational state of mind and at other times to a heartfully engaged mistress who's at the same time a mother and a public intellectual, fearlessly changing and opinionating masses of other confused souls as herself...A definite read, indeed.
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