Nadezhda Mandelstam

Hope Against Hope / Ελπίδα στα χρόνια της απελπισίας


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In 1933 the poet Osip Mandelstam- friend to Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova- wrote a spirited satire denouncing Josef Stalin. It proved to be a sixteen-line death sentence. For his one act of defiance he was arrested by the Cheka, the secret police, interrogated, exiled and eventually re-arrested. He died en route to one of Stalin’s labour camps.
His wife, Nadezhda (1899-1980) was with him on both occasions when he was arrested, and she loyally accompanied him into exile in the Urals, where he wrote his last great poems. Although his mind had been unbalanced by his ordeal in prison, his spirit remained unbroken. Eager to solve ‘the Mandelstam problem’, the Soviet authorities invited the couple to stay in a rest home near Moscow. Nadezhda saw it as an opportunity for her husband to mend his shattered life, but it was a trap and he was arrested for the last time.
‘My case will never be closed’, Osip once said, and it is mostly through the courageous efforts of Nadezhda that his memory has been preserved. Hope against Hope, her first volume of memoirs, is a vivid and disturbing account of her last four years with her husband, the efforts she made to secure his release, to rescue his manuscripts from oblivion, and later, tragically, to discover the truth about his mysterious death. It is also a harrowing, first-hand account of how Stalin and his henchmen persecuted Russia’s literary intelligentsia in the 1930s and beyond.

Στις σελίδες αυτού του βιβλίου ξετυλίγεται ένα συγκλονιστικό χρονικό.
Η Ναντιέζντα, η σύζυγος του Όσιπ Μαντελστάμ, ενός από τους μεγαλύτερους ρώσους ποιητές του 20ού αιώνα, καταγράφει τις αναμνήσεις της από τα τέσσερα τελευταία χρόνια της ζωής του στη σταλινική Σοβιετική Ένωση – ξεκινά με την πρώτη του σύλληψη το 1934 και τελειώνει με τον θάνατό του το 1938, την αποκαλούμενη περίοδο του Μεγάλου Τρόμου. 
Το επικό αυτό κείμενο συνιστά μια από τις σημαντικότερες καταθέσεις για την αξία της λογοτεχνίας και της πνευματικής ελευθερίας που γράφτηκαν ποτέ, αλλά πρωτίστως είναι μια ιστορία αληθινής αγάπης – πώς μια γυναίκα παρά τις αντιξοότητες, τους χαλεπούς καιρούς και το αδυσώπητο πέρασμα του χρόνου αγωνίστηκε και κατάφερε να διατηρήσει ζωντανά το έργο και τη μνήμη του άντρα που αγάπησε.

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