Fear and the Muse Kept Watch: The Russian Masters--From Akhmatova and Pasternak to Shostakovich and Eisenstein--Under Stalin

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Price
$27.95  $25.71
Publisher
New Press
Publish Date
Pages
416
Dimensions
6.1 X 1.2 X 9.1 inches | 1.1 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781595580566

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Reviews


"McSmith writes journalist's history in the best sense, accounting for persons and events without resorting to theory, psychological or political. With clear-eyed restraint and unsentimental sympathy for the victims, he tells the story of Stalin's quarter-century effort, ended only by his death, to manage the greatest Russian artists of the time through intimidation, harassment, jailing, torture, and, when circumstances allowed, murder. . . . An invaluable contribution to serious popular history."
--Booklist

"The author has a deep affinity for these artists, and his portrayal of their struggles makes our appreciation of them even stronger. . . . Valuable."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Revelatory. . . . McSmith . . . has done a masterful job of researching and describing what it was like for writers, musicians and filmmakers to create under one of the most oppressive regimes in history. . . . Using extensive primary and secondary sources, McSmith reveals a remarkable story about art triumphing over evil."
--Shelf Awareness