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Osip Mandelstam

Osip Mandelstam (author page at Amazon) was born into a Polish-Jewish family in what was then the Russian Empire. He became one of the great poets of Russia’s Silver Age, with a keen sense of the melodies of spoken language. He published his first book, Stone, before the Russian Revolution of 1917. His poetry was celebrated from early on, even in an era rich with great poets. However, as the aims of socialism crystallized in tyranny, Russia, and Russian writers in particular, came to live under relentless terror. By the 1920s, he was shunned by the Soviet establishment for refusing to write in praise of the state. Few poets escaped premature death, whether by privation, suicide, or judicial murder. He died in a prison camp in Siberia in 1938; his poetry and prose was preserved by his wife and friends and was published in New York in a collected edition in 1955. Mandelstam dove deep beneath the bleak surface of his era to reveal both the luminosity of the living past and the all-consuming brutality yet to come. (updated 4/2013)

AGNI has published the following work by Osip Mandelstam:

78. (translated from the Russian by Joan Aleshire)
126. (translated from the Russian by Joan Aleshire)
“One Alexander Herzevich” (translated from the Russian by Maxim D. Shrayer and J. B. Sisson)
“Cold prickles my scalp”(translated from the Russian by Deborah Marshall and Douglas Penick)
“Heaviness, tenderness . . .” (translated from the Russian by Eugene Serebryany)
“In the yard at night . . .” (translated from the Russian by Eugene Serebryany)
“No, never” (translated from the Russian by Deborah Marshall and Douglas Penick)
“Say, desert geometer, shaper” (translated from the Russian by Maxim D. Shrayer and J. B. Sisson)
“Slip back into your mother, Leah” (translated from the Russian by Maxim D. Shrayer and J. B. Sisson)


and read more

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