The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution


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Princeton University Press
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6.25 X 9.5 X 2.25 inches | 3.35 pounds

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About the Author

Yuri Slezkine is the Jane K. Sather Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include The Jewish Century (Princeton), which won the National Jewish Book Award.


"Winner of the 2018 Norris and Carol Hundley Award, Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association"
"Winner of the 2018 PROSE Award in World History, Association of American Publishers"
"One of the "A Year in Reading 2017: Stephen Dodson""
"One of Mosaic's Best Books of 2018 (Ruth Wisse)"
"One of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2017"
"Selected as a New York Times Editors' Choice, Aug 24, 2017"
"Yuri Slezkine's The House of Government is a massive, page-turning, almost novelistic take on the Revolution seen through the life of one Moscow apartment complex. It paints a vivid picture of what living messianic utopianism feels like."---Pratap Bhana Mehta, The Indian Express
"Part of the book's power is in its unrelenting recounting of the stories not only of those who lived in the apartments of the House of Government, but of those like Bukharin who had family members live there, as well as in the novels and poems of the period expressing the dreams and hopes of the Soviet people."---Wayne Cristaudo, European Legacy
"One of the Times Colonist Favorite Books of 2017 (chosen by Adrian Dix)"
"One of World's 2017 Books of the Year in "History""
"One of The Times Literary Supplement's Books of the Year 2017"
"One of London Review Bookshop's Best History Books, Christmas 2017"
"One of The Spectator 2017 Books of the Year"
"One of the "Wise Words 2017 Books of the Year" in History"
"Honorable Mention for the 2019 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies, Nanovic Institute, University of Notre Dame"
"At over 1,000 pages, historian and anthropologist Yuri Slezkine's House of Government is one of the most lauded and innovative new histories of the Russian Revolution published in its centenary year. It's a sprawling book that informs our own age as much as the insurrectionary moments of the 20th century. . . . Slezkine's work, somewhere between novel and history, falls into a long tradition--Tolstoy, Vasily Grossman--of sentimental Russian histories; a tragedy. The "house of government", a physical apartment building in central Moscow built for the new Soviet elite in 1931, becomes a set-piece in this theatrical, allusive account of the first (and last) Soviet generation. . . . The radical millenarianism of the Bolsheviks, as well as the tawdry but somewhat adorable swamp, are vividly brought to life in House of Government we look through their eyes, all the better to see ourselves with."---Jacob Dreyer, The Calvert Journal
"Winner of the 2018 George L. Mosse Prize, American Historical Association"
"One of Open Letters Monthly's "Our Year in Reading 2017"
"Shortlisted for the 2018 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize"
"One of The Guardian's Best Books of 2017"
"Selected for Le Monde's "Monde des livres" 2017 (chosen by Nicolas Weill)"
"One of The Australian's Books of the Year 2017 (chosen by Louis Nowra)"