NEW FROM NYRB CLASSICS
Lev Ozerov’s Portraits without Frames offers shrewd and moving glimpses into the lives of Soviet writers, composers, and artists caught between the demands of art and politics. Some of the subjects—like Anna Akhmatova, Isaac Babel, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Andrey Platonov, Sergey Prokofiev, Varlam Shalamov, Dmitry Shostakovich, and Galina Ulanov,— are well-known, others less so. All are evoked with great subtlety and vividness, as is the fraught and dangerous time in which they lived. Composed in free verse of deceptively artless simplicity, Ozerov’s portraits are like nothing else in Russian poetry. The fifty figures are grouped in these sections: The Poets
The Prose Writers
The Yiddish Poets Soviet Ukraine
The Visual Artists Music, Theater, and Dance “Ozerov’s poems offer the reader poignant Soviet portraits-in-poetry illuminated lives of the everyday and the literary Soviet saints. In these translations the finely wrought poems shine with their original wistfulness, love, and dedication: tramps, poets, and friends mingle in short deft snatches of stories.” —Sasha Dugdale PORTRAITS WITHOUT FRAMES Lev Ozerov Edited by
Robert Chandler & Boris Dralyuk Translated by
Maria Bloshteyn, Robert Chandler, Boris Dralyuk, and Irina Mashinski Paperback $16.95 Also available as an e-book On sale December 4th • Portraits without Frames is the December 2018 selection of the NYRB Classics Book Club. To join, visit www.nyrb.com or call 1–800–354–0050.