Hope Against Hope by Nadezhda Mandelstam

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 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 ...


Details Hope Against Hope

TitleHope Against Hope
ISBN9780375753169
Author
Release DateJan 1st, 2000
PublisherKuperard (Bravo Ltd)
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistory, Autobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Cultural, Russia, Biography, Literature, Russian Literature
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Reviews Hope Against Hope

  • Mohammad Ali
    2016-08-18
    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 ناد...
  • Hadrian
    2011-08-30
    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, ...
  • Chris Coffman
    2007-08-09
    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 deserv...
  • Netta
    2018-01-15
    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 ju...
  • Eric
    2007-09-15
    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 wa...
  • Akram Khatam
    2017-10-25
    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 د...
  • Steve
    2009-06-24
    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...
  • Rick
    2015-04-19
    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 ...
  • Madeline
    2013-06-15
    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'...
  • Geoff
    2010-01-29
    Moved up on the "to reread queue", perhaps right after Proust.
  • John
    2013-02-06
    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 re...
  • Laia Pérez G
    2017-03-06
    Ressenya completa ací: http://www.luckybuke.com/2017/03/cont...Com 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...
  • Claudia Putnam
    2016-12-07
    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 lit...
  • Lutzka Zivny
    2013-03-11
    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...
  • Linda
    2011-07-29
    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.
  • Ali
    2017-04-01
    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 پوندپاکت چرم...
  • John Forbis
    2019-03-01
    Osip Mandelstam wrote in a scathing poem about Stalin:Our lives no longer feel ground under them.At ten paces you can’t hear our words.But whenever there’s a snatch of talkit turns to the Kremlin mountaineer,the ten thick worms his fingers,his words like measures of weight,the huge laughing cockroaches on his top lip,the glitter of his boot-rims.In a time of no one's "lives feel ground under our feet" except Stalin and his "half-men" who offe...
  • Noah Hillyard
    2018-01-01
    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...
  • Ana
    2017-12-04
    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 recome...
  • Saeed8soltani
    2019-01-02
    بی نظیر تلخ و بیان سختی هایی که بر روشنفکران در دوره استالین گذشت این کتاب بی نظیر را از دست ندهید تا بفهمیم چه زحماتی کشیدند طبقه روشنفکر شوروی تا حقیقت کمونیسم را به جهان بفهمانند
  • Mila
    2019-03-24
    This account which broaches many aspects of the Soviet system and Osip Mandelstam’s life prior to his first arrest in 1934, focuses on the years of exile and unfair persecution throughout the Stalinist terror that led to Mandelstam’s murder on his way to Kolyma in 1938.Nadezhda’s devotion to Osip and to his work is otherworldly. The sense of dignity of both of them, their commitment to truth through hardship and the unflinching moral (and p...
  • Nick
    2009-10-19
    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...
  • Jennifer
    2013-03-27
    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 critiqu...
  • Miquel Adam
    2014-01-07
    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.
  • Billie
    2008-01-15
    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.
  • Deirdre
    2011-03-25
    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
    2013-03-10
    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 husb...
  • Angela María Guzmán
    2018-05-28
    Un hermoso, triste y terrible libro marcado muchas veces por el pesimismo que narra la realidad de una época caracterizada por el totalitarismo que se ensañó de manera especial contra aquellos intelectuales y poetas que de manera tácita o expresa se negaron a prostituir su obra en pos del régimen imperante. Así, Nadiezna en su papel de testigo y narradora nos cuenta las vicisitudes por la que ella y su esposo, el gran poeta Osip Mandelstam,...