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In the second volume of her autobiography, this book describes the life of Nadezhda and her husband Osip Mandelstam, providing an interpretive background for his poetry. The book also describes some distinguished contemporaries, including Anna Akhmatova, Boris Pasternak and Nikolai Bukharin.
permission to practice, for an hour twice a week, in a riding school. Just before we left for Samatikha, where he was to meet his doom, M. went with me to see Zenkevich. Misha was just leaving for his riding school and ran off without even taking a last look at M.—now he talks ruefully about how he could so easily have skipped his riding lesson just that once, but it never crossed his mind that he would never see M. again . . . if only he had known! Misha was by nature utterly naive and innocent,
eyes” of the final text cannot possibly apply to Arbenina, whose Return j^ eyes were light-colored. “Dear shadow,” “ dear dark eyes,” are words that always crop up in connection with music, and for Mandelstam— as for Marina Tsvetayeva—this theme was associated with his mother. I know only one detail (which I heard from both him and her) about M.’s relations with Olga Arbenina: they too once went to the ballet together; afterward M. took her home—this was when their quarrel took place—and
importance. . . . By the end of March (what Style?) we were in Moscow. There was no question of returning to Petersburg. M. wouldn’t go there even to see his father. He just hadn’t the heart to return to the “ darkness of nonbeing.” So we settled in Moscow, which was a strange and alien city to him. (He had already earlier written the line: “All is foreign to us in the unseemly capital”—by “ us” here, I think he meant people of Petersburg.) It was easier for him to begin En Route yg a new
As we know only too well, history is constantly being falsified right in front of our eyes, and the older generation, exploiting the indifference of the young, cleverly hood winks them. One and the same event can look quite different when treated from varying points of view. As an example I could mention my memory of how a church was pillaged during the confiscation of ecclesiastical property, as compared with an account of the same events published in one of our literary monthlies. The woman
man who was even inclined to think for himself a little. After spending the war years in Tashkent, he decided to return home and reached an agree ment with another university concerning jobs for both himself and his wife. His family left, but he was not allowed to go with them until a replacement could be found of exactly equivalent rank, to avoid any change in the establishment as laid down. In this country, as in * A standard type of apartment in the Soviet Union: tenants live in rooms off a