Translated by D. M. Thomas Three quarter-bound in blocked cloth with printed Modigliani paper sides Set in Abril Display 184 pages Frontispiece and 6 black and white photographs Printed endpapers 9½" x 6¼".

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In pre-revolutionary St Petersburg, Anna Akhmatova (1889–1966) was the femme fatale of Russian literature, fêted for her intimate, avant-garde verse. After the 1917 revolution her poetry became vehemently political, lamenting the persecution of her compatriots and decrying the ‘bloodstained boots’ that trampled on ‘innocent Russia’.

This new Folio Society edition, which includes poems from throughout Akhmatova’s career, and features photographs that reflect the fascination her talent and beauty inspired, is beautifully introduced by Eimear McBride, author of A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, which won the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. D. M. Thomas’s translator’s notes are also included, while the binding features a textile design by Liubov Popova, a contemporary of Akhmatova’s. The title page includes a pencil portrait by Amedeo Modigliani, reflecting Akhmatova's revered status, while alongside the poems are atmospheric photographs of Akhmatova and her beloved St Petersburg.

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