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May 30, 2023 | ISBN 9781839761584

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“Likely to become the standard reference work for the English reader … enlightening”
—Donald Rayfield, Literary Review

“The author, Ralph Dutli, approaches the poet unobtrusively and sensitively. He deconstructs the myths that have surrounded him, such as the notion that he was a restless ascetic who never put down any roots or settled anywhere. It was sheer necessity that forced him to move from place to place. Dutli brings out the sensual and witty side of Mandelstam, who was full of the joys of life.”
—Marion Lülte, Die Tageszeitung

“This biography crowns Dutli’s work as editor of the poet’s oeuvre. Thanks to Ralph Dutli, the German public now have the best conceivable access to Mandelstam’s work. Dutli hasn’t just told the story of Mandelstam’s life; he has included in an appendix a range of comments by other poets, the most remarkable of them being that by Pasolini.”
—Christoph Bartmann, Süddeutsche Zeitung

“This is a biography written with insight and precision, which can be recommended unreservedly. The aim of the book is to explain how Mandelstam managed to retain his enjoyment of life and clarity of vision despite all his suffering. This is a successful biography written with empathy, sobriety and a wealth of information.”
—Renate Wiggershaus, Frankfurter Rundschau

“A model biography by Dutli, who is better qualified than anyone else to do this, because he has a precise knowledge of every facet of the poet’s life and work. He corrects the picture presented by Celan, whose translations overemphasised the tragic, elegiac aspect of Mandelstam’s poetry.”
—Ulrich M. Schmid, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

“The details of the road that led to Mandelstam’s death have never been presented to the German public so precisely and with so much tact, as here. Dutli’s language is muscular, warm and colourful.”
—Andreas Isenschmid, Die Zeit

“Dutli is able to illuminate the interaction between the poet’s life and his work in a masterly fashion, without reducing his poems to a mere reflection of aspects of his biography.”
—Michael Braun, Deutschlandfunk

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