Anna of All the Russias

Anna of all the Russias: the Life of Anna Akhmatova by Elaine Feinstein

I have wanted to read more about Anna Akhmatova for a long time. She seems central to any cultural history of 20th century Russia leading quite a tangled and confused life. The terrible repression of literary figures by the Bolsheviks, first husband shot, lover and son sent to the Gulag, friend condemned to the Gulag etc… along with real hardship caused by poverty, lack of official recognition, and war (eg the Siege of Leningrad) all left their mark on her. But her personal life was a tangled jumble of love affairs etc…

If you want to learn more about her this is a useful source.

I find her poetry quite readable.

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