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Anna of all the Russias: The Life of a Poet under Stalin: A Life of Anna Akhmatova Hardcover – 30 Jun 2005

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; 1st Edition edition (30 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297643096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297643098
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 3.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 996,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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eminently readable... Akhmatova is a figure that Russians return to again and again, the better to understand their own history. Feinstein has done English-speaking readers a great favour by making Akhmatova's life story, and therefore her poetry, more accessible to us that ever before."
"Feinstein has done English-speaking readers a great favour by making Akhmatova's life story, and therefore her poetry, more accesible to us than ever before. (Anne Applebaum SPECTATOR)

Her biographer needs... adriotness to make space in one book for all the components of her complicated life and to find the right focus for such a diffuse and frequently interrupted career... at its centre is the compelling figure of Akhmatova herself... Not an easy person then, but a grand one, and a great poet. (Lucy Hughes-Hallett SUNDAY TIMES)

"Elaine Feinstein's new life of one of the 20th century's greatest lyric poets is based on a wealth of documentary evidence and interviews with member sof Akhmatova's circle. Feinstein paints a vivid portrait of the woman whose dignity and authority led Marina Tsvetaeva to christen her Anna of All the Russias." (LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS)

Elaine Feinstein has managed to write a biography that is both scholarly and emotive. The versions of the poems that she uses are all her own and this sustains a sense of Anna of All the Russias as written form the inside of it's subject's imagination. (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

Elaine Feinstein's achievement is to show us the life of an extraordinary woman in gleaming fragments, and to demonstrate, through so many witnesses, how she was worshipped. (NEAL ASCHERSON OBSERVER)

admiring but unsparing... [Akhmatova] is like Shakespeare and Burns in a fundamental way; she belongs to the whole human race. (ROBERT SERVICE MAIL ON SUNDAY)

"Feinstein is splendidly qualified to add to the story.. In addition, her final sections here, called Aftermaths and Epilogue, provide a fresh, informative glimpse of how Akhatova is seen now, how she has fared in the thicket of memoirs and revisions which have emerged in the last few decades. And how a new post-Soviet Russia has come to terms with her stature.... The poems themselves are offered with with a clear and clean eloquence. Akhmatova's luck has held." (EAVAN BOLAND IRISH TIMES)

fine biography... She is a natural subject for Feinstein to have chosen after her recent biography of Pushkin. (IAIN FINLAYSON THE TIMES)

Elaine Feinstein's Anna of all the Russias is as absorbine and comprehensive as was her biography of Pushkin, and as great a revelation of a poet's life. (JOHN BAYLEY LITERARY REVIEW)

This volume is a magnificent achievement for Elaine Feinstein... indispensable. (GLOBE AND MAIL)

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Life of the Russian poet who withstood Stalinism and became an inspiration to millions

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