No Love Without Poetry

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2589-6
Publication Date
August 2009
Page Count
342 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

No Love Without Poetry

The Memoirs of Marina Tsvetaeva's Daughter
Ariadna Efron

The memoirs of Ariadna Efron have informed all important studies of Marina Tsvetaeva’s writing and are indispensable to a complete understanding of her life and work. Never before translated into English, these memoirs provide the insider’s view of Tsvetaeva’s daughter and "first reader."

No Love Without Poetry gives us Efron’s wrenching story of the difficulty of living with genius. The hardships imposed by early twentieth-century Russian political upheaval placed incredible strain on her already fraught, intense relationship with her mother. Efron recounts the family’s travels from Moscow to Germany, to Czechoslovakia, and finally to France, where, against her mother’s advice, Efron decided to return to Russia. Nemec Ignashev draws on new materials, including Efron’s short stories and her mother’s recently published notebooks, to supplement the original memoirs. No Love Without Poetry completes extant historical records on Marina Tsvetaeva and establishes Ariadna Efron as a literary force.

About the Author

Ariadna Efron (1912-75), daughter of the Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva and Sergei Efron, became well known as a writer in her own right upon the publication of her memoirs in 1973 and 1975.
Diane Nemec Ignashev is Class of 1941 Professor of Russian and the Liberal Arts at Carleton College.

"Diane Nemec Ignashev’s translation of these memoirs and the textological work she invested . . . [are] outstanding."—Olga Hasty, Professor of Russian, Princeton University