St Petersburg and Berlin, Petropolis, 1922
Written between 1915 and 1922, Tristia established him as one of the most important Russian voices of his generation. Mandelshtam (1891 - 1938) opposed the increasingly totalitarian Soviet regime, criticising the authorities in his poems. He was arrested twice for 'counter-revolutionary' activities and died in the Gulag Archipelago. He is revered today as one of the best modern Russian poets and a martyr to Stalin's oppression.
First edition; small 8vo (16 x 12 cm); original wrappers designed by M. Dobuzhinsky, four scorch marks from early 'protector' on title-page and index leaf, slight age toning, overall a very good copy.
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