Lenin's Private War: The Voyage of the Philosophy Steamer and the Exile of the Intelligentsia

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5.4 X 8.4 X 1.2 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

LESLEY CHAMBERLAIN is the author of many books, including Communist Mirror, Nietzsche in Turin, and Motherland: A Philosophical History of Russia. She lives in London.


"Moving, deeply thoughtful . . . Revel in the glorious spectacle of the failure of Lenin's attempts to murder art, history, and faith." --The Sunday Times (London)

"[Chamberlain] brings these forgotten figures back to life with great skill and empathy . . . making a strong case for the importance of their banishment as a turning point in the road from revolution to Communist tyranny." --The New York Times

"Infused with a deep understanding of the rich history of Russian thought . . . Less a study of the formation of the Soviet police state than a reflective, nuanced survey of the intelligentsia from the late 19th century to the outbreak of the Second World War." --The Seattle Times

"Chamberlain has put together a detailed account of a little-remembered but important episode of that consolidation. She has found new material that the fall of the Soviet Union has made available." --Associated Press

"A much-needed account, the only one in English, of this shameful moment in Russian history . . . Chamberlain refuses to just report. . . . She insists on making critical sense of her amorphous subject." --The Chronicle of Higher Education

"[Chamberlain] has not only honored the individuals so shabbily treated but has shone a spotlight on an important tradition of idealist philosophy so integral to Russian thinking, which Lenin could not, for all his efforts, quite extinguish." --The Washington Times