> Skip to content

A moving collection of autobiographical essays from a Russian poet and refugee of the Bolshevik Revolution.

Marina Tsvetaeva ranks with Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam, and Boris Pasternak as one of Russia’s greatest twentieth-century poets. Her suicide at the age of forty-eight was the tragic culmination of a life beset by loss and hardship. This volume presents in English a collection of essays published in the Russian émigré press after Tsvetaeva left Moscow in 1922. Based on diaries she kept from 1917 to 1920, the work describes the broad social, economic, and cultural chaos provoked by the Bolshevik Revolution. Events and individuals are seen through the lens of her personal experience—that of a destitute young woman of upper-class background with two small children (one of whom died of starvation), a missing husband, and no means of support other than her poetry. These autobiographical writings are an eyewitness account of a dramatic period in Russian history, told by a gifted and outspoken poet.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781681371627

    November 15, 2017

    NY Review Books

    RRP $27.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Also by Marina Tsvetaeva

Moscow In The Plague Year

Recommendations

How To Be A Bawse
The Diary Of A Young Girl
The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary Volume 3
Making It Up As I Go Along
Diary of an Ordinary Schoolgirl
Moon Journal
Immunopatient
Vacationland
The Years
Memoirs From Beyond The Grave
I Loved Her In The Movies
L'Appart
Palestine Diaries: The Light Horsemen’s Own Story, Battle by Battle
Darling Pol
What You Did Not Tell
Chief Seattle And The Town That Took His Name
Endurance
Me. You: A Diary
Pompey Elliott at War: In His Own Words
Diary of a Wartime Affair: The True Story of a Surprisingly Modern Romance