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Hope Against Hope

Hope Against Hope

Scott says: The classic memoir of life and death among the Russian literary intellgentsia in the time of Stalin, a testament to the irrepressible spirit of poet Osip Mandelstan and his circle, a singular love story.

Nadezhda Mandelstam's memoir of life with her husband, the poet Osip Mandelstam, is a vital eyewitness account of Stalin's Soviet Union and one of the most moving testaments to the value of literature and imaginative freedom ever written.

In 1933, Osip Mandelstam (1891-1938) wrote a satiric poem about Joseph Stalin, and the result of his defiance was arrest, interrogation, and exile, followed by re-arrest and death in a transit camp of the Siberian gulag in 1938. Osip's wife, Nadezhda (1899-1980), loyally accompanied him into exile in the Urals and later worked courageously to rescue the manuscripts of his poems and to discover the truth about his death. Hope Against Hope is her harrowing account of their last years together and a window into Stalin's persecution of Russia's literary intelligentsia in the 1930s and beyond. But it is also a profoundly inspiring love story that relates their determination to keep both love and art alive in the most desperate circumstances.

After years of circulating privately in the Soviet Union, Hope Against Hope was smuggled out and published in the West in 1970 and has since achieved the status of a classic, not only for its essential testimony to a dramatic period of history but also for the enduring brilliance of Mandelstam's writing.

Everyman's Library pursues the highest production standards, printing on acid-free paper, with full-cloth cases with two-color foil stamping, decorative endpapers, silk ribbon markers, European-style half-round spines, and a full-color illustrated jacket. Contemporary Classics include an introduction, a select bibliography, and a chronology of the author's life and times.

Publication Date: 
November 14, 2023
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