- Joseph Brodsky said she was the "greatest Russian poetess of the 20th century." Born in 1889, Anna Akhmatova spent most of her adult years regarded and treated as an enemy of the state. Her writing is proof of her suffering, much which she endured while living in this apartment, now a museum. Not only are many of her personal belongings still here (an ashtray which she used to burn her poetry), but much of her original writing is on display, as are photographs of the time. There are a number of telling portraits of the poetess over the years and visitors can end their visit by listening to a recording of Akhmatova reading one of her last poems.
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