Jun 04, 2020
Hope Against Hope
Posted by Nadezhda Mandelstam Max Hayward Clarence Brown Joseph Brodsky

The story of the poet Osip Mandelstam, who suffered continuous persecution under Stalin, but whose wife constantly supported both him and his writings until he died in 1938 Hope Against Hope was first published in English in 1970 It is Nadezhda Mandelstam s memoir of her life with Osip, who was first arrested in 1934 and died in Stalin s Great Purge of 1937 38 Hope AgaiThe story of the poet Osip Mandelstam, who suffered continuous persecution under Stalin, but whose wife constantly supported both him and his writings until he died in 1938 Hope Against Hope was first published in English in 1970 It is Nadezhda Mandelstam s memoir of her life with Osip, who was first arrested in 1934 and died in Stalin s Great Purge of 1937 38 Hope Against Hope is a vital eyewitness account of Stalin s Soviet Union and one of the greatest testaments to the value of literature and imaginative freedom ever written But it is also a profound inspiration a love story that relates the daily struggle to keep both love and art alive in the most desperate circumstances.

  • Title: Hope Against Hope
  • Author: Nadezhda Mandelstam Max Hayward Clarence Brown Joseph Brodsky
  • ISBN: 9780375753169
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hope Against Hope The story of the poet Osip Mandelstam who suffered continuous persecution under Stalin but whose wife constantly supported both him and his writings until he died in Hope Against Hope was first


    We live, not sensing our own country beneath us,Ten steps away they dissolve, our speeches,But where enough meet for half-conversation,The Kremlin hillbilly is our preoccupation.They’re like slimy worms, his fat fingers,His words, as solid as weights of measure.In his cockroach moustaches there’s a hintOf laughter, while below his top boots gleam.Round him a mob of thin-necked henchmen,He pursues the enslavement of the half-men.One whimpers, another warbles,A third miaows, but he alone prods [...]

    Mohammad Ali

    کتابی است به شدت خواندنی که در آن هم از شعر و ادبیات سخن رفته، هم از تاریخ و سیاست و فرهنگ - همه ذیل یک زندگی نامه ی شخصی. اصلا نباید فکر کرد که با خاطراتی صرفا شخصی روبروئیم. شیوه ی ورود نادژدا به مطلب و حاشیه رفتن هایش هم بسی خواندنی است. چنانکه خود نادزدا گفته او یک "شاهد"ه و تبعا [...]

    Chris Coffman

    Only a process that is very beautiful and very terrible could produce this book: the anguish of two human souls being tormented by a cruel, fiendishly clever, and virtually all-powerful State determined to murder both the body and soul of its victims. Whether we deserve to benefit as readers from the terrible tempering endured by the poet Osip Mandelstam and his widow Nadezhda Mandelstam is a matter that can be easily determined: we do not deserve it. We are not worthy of the Mandelstams. They b [...]


    Utterly heartbreaking. An essential witness."Anticipating his arrest M. obtained a copy of the Divine Comedy in small format and always had it with him in his pocket, just in case he was arrested not at home but in the street.""And after his death--or even before it, perhaps--he lived on in camp legend as a demented old man of seventy who had once written poetry in the outside world and was therefore nicknamed The Poet. And another old man--or was it the same one?--lived in the transit camp of V [...]


    Unlike many wives of famous husbands who tend to emphasize that their husbands would've been nothing without their love and support (or their vanity let's call a spade a spade), Nadezhda Mandelstam wrote an absolutely heartbreaking and devastating chronicle of her husband's life which she happened to share as a fellow traveller and devoted supporter, not as a glamorous muse. Her immense talent of a storyteller makes her memoirs a lot more than just memories of Mandelstam and their life. Nadezhda [...]


    A remarkable book (so far). Mandelstam landed in hot water for this poem on Stalin (which is sometimes called the "Kremlin Mountaineer"):We live, deaf to the land beneath us,Ten steps away no one hears our speeches,All we hear is the Kremlin mountaineer, The murderer and peasant-slayer. His fingers are fat as grubs And the words, final as lead weights, fall from his lips, His cockroach whiskers leer And his boot tops gleam. Around him a rabble of thin-necked leaders -fawning half-men for him to [...]


    Mandelstam’s memoir of her and her husband’s life in Soviet Russia between 1934 and 1938, between which times he is twice taken into the Gulag, the second time fatally, is among the best and most powerful of nonfiction books. It is not only a unique and exceptionally frank personal testament but a work of art.Nadezhda means “hope” in Russian, which makes the title a wryly ironic pun. Mandelstam’s wit and resilience are the twin beacons that light this memoir of life in a relentlessly d [...]


    Moved up on the "to reread queue", perhaps right after Proust.


    If you are anything like me, you'll start to feel pretty bad about eating while reading Hope Against Hope - even drinking tea starts to feel like you're mocking Mandelstam and her friends. "Look at me, sitting here in my capitalist comfort, my hybrid bourgeois-intelligentsia existence, with the air conditioning on and very little chance of being arrested. How can I stand myself."So, yeah, it took me a while to get through this. Partly because it's loosely structured, so sometimes it's hard to fo [...]


    First and foremost, M.'s book is entirely engaging and engrossing memoir. Several of its features are most striking and prominent in my mind as I write these comments.Nadia is fully present on every page. The sort of person she was is fully evident in every paragraph - for the most part a strong-minded, unshakably independent, clear sighted, uncompromisingly honest observer of her time and place, who could not be moved or broken under years of relentless and unremitting repression at the hands o [...]

    Laia Pérez G

    Ressenya completa ací: luckybuke/2017/03/contCom puc ressenyar un llibre que m'ha sobrepassat en tots els sentits? Sincerament, me senc un poc ridícula opinant sobre l'obra de Nadejda Mandelstam. L'autora ens conta la vida amb el seu marit, el poeta Òssip Mandelstam, durant els anys trenta a la Unió Soviètica. Una ment lucidíssima ens narra les calamitats i les horrors que es sofrien aleshores (concretament ens parla de la repressió i mort a la intel·lectualitat). Una història crua, obs [...]

    Claudia Putnam

    The introduction by Joseph Brodsky claims N Mandelstam is not a writer but that you should read this anyway for the content and context. Bullshit. As someone somewhere else has said, this is probably the finest work of dissident writing about the USSR done, Solzhenitsyn included. Sure, it wanders in time and sometimes gets into details about Russian schools of writing that I was less interested in, but that's a thing with Russians and Russian literature (esp the part about the structure). There [...]

    Lutzka Zivny

    This book should be the opposite of uplifting. It should leave one devastated and hopeless, yet mysteriously it has the opposite effect. I would encouraged anyone going through difficult times to read it. I would pretty much encourage anyone to read it. See if I throw the term "life changing experience" around lightly.Oh, you will also learn tun about poetry and history.Your image, tormenting and elusive,I could not touch in the mist.“God!” I said by mistake,never thinking to say that myself [...]


    By examining the rise of totalitarianism in Russia, this book answers the question of how a whole society can be controlled and manipulated into blindly accepting the power of their leaders, no matter how corrupt they may be. This book is incredible; a highly recommended, life-changing read.


    ما زندگی می‌کنیم بی‌آن‌که خاک را زیر پای خود احساس کنیمآنچه می‌گوییم ده گام دورتر شنیده نمی‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌شودو زمانی که می‌خواهیم دهن‌هایمان را نیمه‌باز کنیمآن ایلیاتی کوه‌نشین کرملین بازمان می‌داردانگشتان ستبر چونان کرم‌های لزجفرامین لازم‌الاجرا به وزن چهل پون [...]

    Noah Hillyard

    This is in many ways an extraordinary book and fully deserving of its prominent place in the canon of 20th century literature on Stalinism, and totalitarianism more generally. While there are parts, particularly about Osip Mandelstam’s literary tastes, which are rather impenetrable for those without a strong grounding in Russian literature, I have not come across as evocative an account of how pervasive and all-consuming the climate of fear was amongst all Soviet citizens in the 1930s.


    Un libro que reflexiona y se cuestiona sobre el significado de lo humano con una gran lucidez en un momento histórico en el que en Rusia, la barbarie y el horror se respiraba a cada paso. Nadiezhda Mandelstam, viuda del poeta Ósip Mandelstam, escribe estas memorias recordando su vida junto a su marido, el cual morirá en la Gulag. Una historia de amor tejida entre más sombras que luces, pero que vive y respira esperanza por doquier. Muy recomendable.

    Erin Bow

    Osip Mandelstam was one of the four great poets of 20th century Russia. I came across him because one of the other poets, Akhmatova, is one of my all-time favorites, and I was told I really could not set about memorizing her Requiem without knowing more about Mandelstam and what happened to him. So piece by piece I found my way to this book, the memoir of his wife and widow, Nadezhda, or Nadia -- whose name means hope. Though Nadia did other things, and is important in other ways, this is a memo [...]


    Nadezhda Mandelstam was the wife, and later widow, of the poet Osip Mandelstam. He is considered one of the four great poets of twentieth century Russia: Boris Pasternak, Anna Akhmatova, and Marina Tsvetaeva are the others (I think an argument could be made for Andrei Blok). "Hope Against Hope" narrates the Mandelstams' perilous voyage through the punitive bureaucracy of Stalinist Russia: from Moscow to prison to the south and, then, for the poet, to the prison camp where he died. His offense, a [...]


    This is a stunning memoir, and probably the book that best captures the sinister surrealism of the Stalinist era in the Soviet Union. Nadezhda Mandelstam, wife of the blacklisted poet Osip Mandelstam, describes their lives in the four years between when Osip ran afoul of Stalin and when he was finally sent to a labor camp (where he subsequently died). Her writing is beautiful and tragic, a paean of love to her lost spouse and a blistering critique of tyranny. If I could give this more than five [...]


    Estic entre les tres o quatre estrelles perquè, malgrat ser força irregular, reiteratiu i desestructurat —salts en el temps que poden arribar a fer-te perdre, detalla molt i molt bé com l'stalinisme va destruir tota una generació d'intel·lectuals mitjançant la delació, la tortura i la por. M'hi han sobrat els capítuls dedicats a l'anàlisi de la poètica de Mandelstam, però hi ha reflexions i capítols veritablement bons.


    My daughter's name was inspired, in part, by this woman. This book is incredible. The author was the wife of a Russian poet killed during Stalin's regime. Her writings on living in such a bizarre political environment should be, I believe, required reading for all. She captures the crazy mindsets of the leaders, followers and everyone in between.


    Introduction, by Clarence BrownTranslator's Preface--Hope against HopePostscriptAppendix:A. Notes on Persons Mentioned in the TextB. Note on Literary Movements and OrganizationsIndex


    so intelligent, but simply observed. no hysteria, just life, while stalin's jailers & inquisitors hound her husband Osip Mandelstam, great Russian, anti-Soviet poet to death.

    Lee Razer

    A powerful and insightful window into the first couple of decades of post-revolution Soviet Russia. Nadezhda Mandelstam, educator and widow of Osip Mandelstam, one of Russia's greatest poets of the twentieth century and one of millions of Stalin's victims, wrote this account in the 1960s. It is thanks to her efforts that much of his poetry survived to the present day, but her own literary contribution here towers beside those writings of her husband.It is a memoir of these two specific people, y [...]

    Emilio Renzi

    Uno de los relatos más desoladores sobre los excesos y las purgas emprendidas por la URSS en contra de los intelectuales rusos. Además de la conmovedora crónica de la vida del poeta Osip Mandeltam, Nadiezhda entreteje una magistral narración del cima intelectual del país comunista más grande del mundo entre 1915 y 1940. A ella se añaden sus conceptos sobre literatura, filosofía y política. Además, del relato pueden sustraerse los hábitos literarios de su esposo, así como el estrecho [...]

    Akram Khatam

    زندگی نامه ای بسیار خواندنی ،نوشته نادژدا همسر شاعر روس اوسیپ ماندلشتام کتاب را نباید صرفا زندگی نامه تصور کرد ،در ورق ورق کتاب تاریخ دیکتاتوری استالین ترسیم میشود و سرنوشت تیره و رنجبار روشنفکرانماندلشتام برای سرودن شعری در هجو استالین جانش را در اردوگاه های روس از دست داد [...]

    Stephen Coates

    As with Primo Levi's "If this is a Man" and Heda Kovaly's "Under a Cruel Star", this book recounts Nadezhda's life with her husband, the poet Osip between 1934 after he'd been released from his first arrest to 1938. They spent much of this time in Voronezh where they were regularly harassed by the NKVD (predecessor to the KGB) until they were sent on holiday to an artists retreat from where Osip was re-arrested and sent to a Gulag where he died. She recounts life in chilling detail, of the fear [...]

    Alisa Komleva

    Одна из лучших книг, которые я читала, и лучшая, самая живая книга про эту страшную эпоху.

    Dana Burda

    Am citit cu sufletul la gura memoriile Nadejdei Mandelstam, sotia poetului rus Osip Mandelstam mort in mod suspect intr-un lagar in timpul marii terori staliniste. Cartea a aparut la prestigioasa editura Polirom in anul 2003 in colectia " Clasicii modernitatii", fiind tradusa impecabil din limba rusa de traducatorul Nicolae Iliescu care a realizat si notele explicative si un excelent indice de nume foarte util pentru a intelege universul la care se refera autoarea in memoriile sale si pentru a p [...]

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