Monday, November 29, 2010

"See, How the Sun"

Today remains Monday, 29 November 2010.

Read, please, Hope Against Hope, and Hope Abandoned, by Nadezhda Yakovlevna Mandelstam (Russian: Надежда Яковлевна Мандельштам, née Hazin; 31 October 1899 – 29 December 1980). Married to the poet, Osip Mandelstam, both of blessed memory.


Anonymous wondering said...

What is this reading recommendation? Novel, non-fiction, poetry, short stories, essay? Please elaborate.

8:22 AM  
Anonymous innocent bystander said...

"Hope Against Hope" is probably the greatest, most luminous, sensitive and searing account of life in the Soviet Union during the 1930's. It is Nadezhda Mandelstam's personal, riveting story of life in Russia under Stalin. Her husband, Osip Mandelstam, was arrested, interrogated, exiled, and eventually reaarested. This is an amazing, incredible book (she also authored "Hope Abandoned" 1974) detailing the events of their struggles, and the struggles of the Russian people through the 1930's. Fantastic writing, and a truly inspiring story of hope and courage in the face of daily struggle and unspeakable hardship.

This book will change your life.

10:57 AM  
Blogger HH said...

Thank you. Couldn't have said it better myself.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous innocent bystander said...

Yeah, HH, gotta go with you on this one. This book is simply spectacular and a great read for the holidays (makes one grateful for what one has). I first read this in undergraduate school, and have read it again a few times since then. There's always something new to glean from this fabulous author. Good rec.

2:03 PM  

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