Books: Mother Russia

HOPE ABANDONED by NADEZHDA MANDELSTAM Translated by MAX HAYWARD 687 pages. Atheneum. $13.95.

"I survived only by a miracle or an oversight, which is the same thing," says Nadezhda Mandelstam, who at 74 is one of the last relics of a class once respectfully known as the Russian intelligentsia. For 50 years she has lived and suffered in the shadow of her famous husband, the poet Osip Mandelstam, who died in one of Stalin's prison camps during the winter of 1938. Two years ago Mrs. Mandelstam introduced herself to the West with Hope Against...

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