Journey to Armenia: Mandelstam - The Long Desired for Voyage
Toby Litt scours Armenia for the spirit of the Russian poet Osip Mandelstam, who wrote a masterpiece about his stay in the country in the 1930s.
British writer Toby Litt scours the mountains, lakes and capital city of Armenia for traces of a great forebear, the Russian poet Osip Mandelstam.
Mandelstam visited Armenia in 1930, and during the eight months of his stay rediscovered his long-lost poetic voice and was inspired to write a prose masterpiece, Journey to Armenia. This essay, which is a beautiful, almost Cubist, meditation on the country and its ancient culture, forms the basis of Toby's quest and his dialogue with the dead poet.
- Thu 23 Jul 2009 11:30