A Ransomed Dissident: A Life in Art Under the Soviets

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About the Author

Igor Golomstock (1929 - 2017) was a distinguished Russian art historian. He spent 12 years working as researcher and curator at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow and published books on Cézanne, Picasso, Hieronymus Bosch and the art of ancient Mexico, as well as the seminal study of 'totalitarian art'. His translations of Darkness at Noon and Animal Farm circulated widely in samizdat among the Moscow intelligentsia in the late 1950s. After emigrating to the UK, Golomstock taught at the universities of St Andrews, Essex and Oxford, and worked for the BBC Russian Service and Radio Liberty.

Sara Jolly is a literary translator. She has also worked as a freelance documentary filmmaker and edited two episodes of the BBC's prize-winning series about perestroika, The Second Russian Revolution and Sally Potter's documentary about women in Soviet cinema, I'm a Horse, I'm an Ox.

Boris Dralyuk is a literary translator and the Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the translator, most recently, of Isaac Babel's Red Cavalry and Odessa Stories and Mikhail Zoshchenko's Sentimental Tales.


Gripping, sad and often very funny. A must for anyone who wants to understand Russia and Russian culture.--Catriona Kelly, Professor of Russian, University of Oxford and author of St Petersburg: Shadows of the Past
Golomstock recounts in lively style his life in three separate communities: the Moscow art world of the 1960s, the human rights movement and the post-1970s emigre milieu of London, Paris and Munich. He is an observer with strong but discriminating opinions; seldom have the personalities who inhabited these worlds - and who in many cases hated each other - been so vividly portrayed. This is an essential study for those who wish to understand the cultural and political conflicts of the late Soviet Union and the Russian emigration.--Geoffrey Hosking, Emeritus Professor of Russian History, University College London and author of Russia and the Russians: From Earliest Times to the Present
Important reading for anyone with an interest in the history and politics of Russian art.--Vladimir Paperny, Adjunct Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, UCLA