Synopses & Reviews
Collected prose works by one of Russia's towering literary figures
Osip Mandelstam has in recent years come to be seen as a central figure in European modernism. Though known primarily as a poet, Mandelstam worked in many styles: autobiography, short story, travel writing, and polemic. Mandelstam's biographer, Clarence Brown, presents a collection of the poet's prose works that illuminates Mandelstam's far-ranging talent and places him within the canon of European modernism.
This volume includes Mandelstam's "The Noise of Time, " a series of autobiographical sketches; "The Egyptian Stamp, " a novella echoing Gogol and Dostoevsky; "Fourth Prose, " and the famous travel memoirs "Theodosia" and "Journey to Armenia."
"The most illuminating commentary on Mandelstam in English at the present moment. . . . A work of impeccable scholarship."
--Isaiah Berlin, New York Review of Books
"In this translation, 'Journey to Armenia' takes its place among the outstanding masterpieces of twentieth-century literature."
Though known primarily as a poet, Osip Mandelstam worked in many genres. This collection of his works, presented with essays by Mandelstam's biographer, illuminates the poet's accomplishments as a prose stylist and includes "The Noise of Time," a series of autobiographical sketches; "The Egyptian Stamp," a short story echoing Gogol and Dostoevsky; and his famous travel memoirs, "Theodosia" and "Journey to Armenia."
About the Author
Osip Mandelstam was born in Warsaw in 1891. Raised in St. Petersburg, he published his first collection, Stone, in 1913 and joined with Anna Akhmatova in the Acmeist movement. Arrested in 1934 for an epigram he'd written about Joseph Stalin, Mandelstam died in a gulag near Vladivostok in 1938. His works include Osip Mandelstam: Fifty Poems and Moscow Notebooks.