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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (253 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Littell Narrator: John Lee, Anne Flosnik Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Stalin Epigram is a masterful rendering of the life of Osip Mandelstam, one of Russia's greatest poets of the 20th century. His heroic protest against the Stalin regime---particularly his outspoken criticism of the collectivization that drove millions of Russian peasants to starvation---finally reached its apex in 1934. When he composed a searing indictment of Stalin in a 16-line poem, secretly passed from person to person through recitation, the poet was arrested. It is widely accepted that Stalin himself was directly involved in Mandelstam's exile and his death in a Siberian transit camp in 1938.

A master of historical detail and cultural authenticity, best-selling author Robert Littell based this novel in part on a memorable, intimate meeting with Mandelstam's wife in 1979. Narrated by Mandelstam's wife, his friends Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova, and Mandelstam himself, this lucid account of the relationships between the artists, politicians, and proletariat of Stalinist Russia is an astounding moment in history brought to life by a perceptive, immensely talented writer. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gail | 2/18/2014

    " This novel about the life of the Russian poet Osip Mandenstam was both a gripping story and a close look at the consequences of being an honest and courageous artist in Soviet Russia. The story is told from several points of view, including Osip's devoted wife and his cellmate, a weightlifter/circus strongman. The cruelties that the prisoners were subjected to made me think of the US prison at Guantanemo and hope that we are not practicing similar acts there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Alice | 2/18/2014

    " Novel about the poet Mandelstam. Based on a true incident. Somewhat forgettable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Fuschia | 2/15/2014

    " Suitably depressing. Felt like I've read (too many) similar stories elsewhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jonathan | 1/19/2014

    " I really enjoyed this historical fiction of how a poet is arrested and sent off to work camps in early soviet Russia for writing a poem denouncing Stalin. "

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