Hope Abandoned complements Nadezhda Mandelstam’s earlier memoir, Hope against Hope, and in it she describes her life with Osip from 1919, and her own after his death in 1938.
She also sets out his system of values and beliefs and provides striking portraits of many of their contemporaries includingBoris Pasternak and their champion till his own downfall, Nikolai Bukharin, as well as an astonishingly candid picture of Anna Akhmatova.
The Dream that Failed
Nadezhda Mandelstam was born Nadezhda Khazina in the southern Russian town of Saratov, on the Volga, in 1899, into a middle-class Jewish family. Her father was a lawyer and her mother a doctor, one...Read more