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  • Two of the most fortifying books of our times, Nadezhda Mandelstam’s Hope against Hope and Hope Abandoned ... were finally written in the late Sixties. In these books, we have a devastating indictment of most of what happened in post-revolutionary Russia

    Seamus Heaney, London Review of Books
  • A bursting compendium of glances at people, framed in essays of scorn for the inquisitors and compassion for the victims... If she is vinegarish, she is also powerful and enhancing

    V.S. Pritchett
  • Describes the whole range of her life with Mandelstam, their travels, vicissitudes and friendships, above all the friendship with Akhmatova... a vivid triple portrait

    New Society
  • Max Hayward's translation reads easily and seems to me to convey exactly the style and tone in which this great book is written

    Daily Telegraph

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