Moscow, 1934. As thousands of peasant famers starve under Stalin's regim of collectivisation, Osip Mandelstam, perhaps the greatest Russian poet of the twentieth century, defies the Kremlin with a few short, audacious lines of verse - a searing indictment of Stalin secretly recited to a handful of friends and fellow artists. This fictional portrait of the author and events surrounding the poem is an unforgettable entry in the annals of Soviet fiction.
First edition, first printing, fine condition, in a dust jacket in archival acetate cover. 2009.