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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 or call 1–800–354–0050.

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