For this issue, rather than review recent publications (of which there have been few), we asked our editors, advisors, and frequent contributors to share a Russian literary work they felt was particularly apt to read during The Great Pause. Is there a work from the Russian canon you have re-read in this time and want to share? Visit this post online and then share your reading via Facebook.
For Akhmatova, everything mattered. Her rival in a nightclub. To emigrate or stay. A city with a history, a landscape, and a rejected poet. Another poet, his body alive in his writing. And “Requiem,” the poems of witness – a mother’s witness – to a government turning on its people. Akhmatova’s urgency, in her spirited everyday vocabulary, are just what we need right now.
– Joan Neuberger
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