Arc Publications logo

50 years at the cutting edge of poetry publishing

“A meeting point for poets of all latitudes”
— Víctor Rodríguez Núñez


by Osip Mandelstam

Translated from the Russian by Thomas de Waal

Osip Mandelstam’s second collection of poems,
Tristia, astonished Russian readers in 1922 with its
daring verse forms and meditations on revolution,
exile, death and rebirth.

Thomas de Waal’s new translation gives the
English-language reader the chance to experience
the entire collection for the first time.

“Thomas de Waal offers the English-reading
public a precious jewel box: the gift of an elegant,
supple translation of Osip Mandelstam’s Tristia.
The collection is vividly introduced, and
accompanied by an incredibly helpful – and
never burdensome – set of comments to delight
both those readers new to Mandelstam
and those who, like myself, have long
loved his verse. It is difficult to believe that
we had to wait over a hundred years for the
first complete English translation of a masterpiece
of twentieth century poetry which rivals that
other great product of 1922, T. S. Eliot’s
The Wasteland.”

Vesna Goldsworthy

ISBN: 9781910345931
Published March 2023

» About Osip Mandelstam