ABOUT THE WIVES BY ALEXANDRA POPOFF
Published on August 1, 2012
New York–London: Pegasus Books
To be translated into Portuguese (Brazil) and Polish
The women behind the greatest works of Russian literature:
Anna Dostoevsky, Sophia Tolstoy, Véra Nabokov, Elena Bulgakov, Nadezhda Mandelstam, and Natalya Solzhenitsyn were their husbands’ muses, intellectual companions, and indispensable advisers. These marriages were marked by intense collaboration: the women contributed ideas and committed to paper great works as stenographers, typists, editors, researchers, translators, and publishers. To use Vladimir Nabokov’s words, they formed a “single shadow” with the writers.