The Monument To Osip Mandelstam
Primorsky Krai, Vladivostok, Gogol St., 41, VSUES square
Osip Mandelstam is one of the greatest writers of the XX century, the poet and novelist, is the author of numerous essays dealing with literary criticism and translation activities. He was born in 1891 in Warsaw, and later moved with his family to St. Petersburg, where he graduated from the Tenishev commercial school. In 1910 - the first publication of five poems in the magazine "Apollo", three years later, in 1913 - the first collection of poems, "Stone".
In 1933, Mandelstam wrote an epigram on Stalin ("Highlander"), which was the cause of his first arrest and exile - first in Cherdyn, and then in Voronezh. The exile ended in 1937, in 1938 Mandelstam was arrested again. It was after the second arrest he was sent to the far East, the Vladivostok transit point of Dalstroy, where he died 27 Dec 1938.
Vladivostok was the first city where a monument was erected to the poet. In 1998, the monument of Valeria Nenazhivina appeared in the Park behind the cinema "Iskra". Within a few years after that, the monument several times became a victim of vandals. In 2003 it was decided to move it to a square VSUES, where a monument remains to this day.
15 January, on the Day of the birth of Osip Mandelstam, there are readings of his poems and lay flowers.