Akhmatova and Pasternak
Berlin, Russia, and the Soviet Union

Berlin's direct experience of the history and culture of Russia shaped his thinking on liberalism and the power of ideas, whilst the Soviet Union provided a ready contrast of political and creative repression that would be of great significance to his life and works as a whole. This section explores the formative experiences Berlin had in his Russian childhood and during the seminal year of 1917, his writings on the Russian intelligentsia of the 19th Century, and his engagement with the Soviet world. In due course, it will delve into further detail about Berlin's engagement with particular Russian thinkers and writers.


Akhmatova late in life