27 April 2013, 17:19

“The Wives: The Women Behind Russia’s Literary Giants” by Alexandra Popoff

“The Wives: The Women Behind Russia’s Literary Giants” by Alexandra Popoff
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Writers and poets have always had a special place in Russian collective imagination. Readers traditionally turned to them not just for the pleasure of reading a good story or delighting in a beautiful rhyme but often for moral authority, guidance and prophetic vision! But what do we know about the spouses of Russian writers? And what role did they play in their husbands’ lives and most importantly in their art?

 

To answer these questions we turn to a recent book called “The Wives: The Women Behind Russia’s Literary Giants” by Alexandra Popoff . On its pages we find portraits of 6 remarkable women Anna Dostoyevsky, Sophia Tolstoy, Vera Nabokov, Elena Bulgakov, Nadejda Mandelstam and Natalya Solzhenitsyn.

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