The Diaries of Nikolay Punin: 1904-1953

Front Cover
University of Texas Press, Jul 5, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 323 pages

Nikolay Punin (1888-1953) was the most articulate Russian/Soviet art critic of the 1920s. He strongly advocated Constructivism, an avant-garde impulse that favored mechanomorphic abstraction and proclaimed a movement to bring art into the center of popular life. In the United States, he is perhaps best remembered for his love affair with Anna Akhmatova, one of the great poets of the twentieth century.

This volume presents the first English translation of ten diary notebooks that Punin wrote between 1915 and 1936, as well as selections from his earlier (1904-1910) and later (1941-1946) diaries and some thirty notes and letters relating to his affair with Anna Akhmatova. These materials offer a rare glimpse into the life of art and artists in Russia. They also present vivid scenes from the 1905 Revolution, World War I, the 1917 Revolutions, World War II, and Stalinist oppression through the reflections of a talented man, who, unlike many of his generation, lived to tell the tale.


What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Punin and Akhmatova
Jennifer GreeneKrupala Note ontheTranslation
Notebook Five 19221923
NotebookSix 19231924 NotebookSeven 1924 Notebook Eight 19241925
Notebook Ten 1936

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2010)

Sidney Monas is Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages and History at the University of Texas at Austin.

Bibliographic information