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The Stalin Epigram - A Novel

Robert Littell

The Stalin Epigram is a masterful rendering of the life of Osip Mandelstam, one of Russia's greatest poets of the twentieth 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 sixteen-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, bestselling 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.

The Stalin Epigram is a masterful rendering of the life of Osip Mandelstam, one of Russia's greatest poets of the twentieth 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 sixteen-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, bestselling 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.
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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 twentieth 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 sixteen-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, bestselling 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Lee, Anne Flosnik

Length:

10h 28m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

03:34


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

42:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

30:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

14:16


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

28:24


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

35:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

29:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:28


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

42:35


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:37:24


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

13:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:37


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:34


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

27:39


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

56:59


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

35:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

39:35


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

37:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

28:03


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:49


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:16