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Molotov's Magic Lantern: Travels in Russian History
 
 
Author
Rachel Polonsky.
Publisher FSG  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780374211974
Pages/Publication Date 390/2011
Daedalus Item Code 21707
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When British journalist Rachel Polonsky moved to Moscow, she discovered an apartment on Romanov Street that was once home to the Soviet elite, including the ruthless Vyacheslav Molotov, a henchman for Stalin who was also an ardent bibliophile. From here she embarks on a remarkable literary journey across modern Russia and into its past. Polonsky visits the haunted cities and vivid landscapes of the books from Molotov's library: works by Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Pushkin, Akhmatova, and others, some of whom were sent to the Gulag by the very man who collected their books.

"An eccentric work, daring in conception, peculiar in construction, that incorporates all Polonsky's teeming scholarly knowledge of Russia and the Russian people.... In the course of her travels, Polonsky visits monasteries, dachas, sanatoriums and bathhouses. Her chapter on Siberia in particular offers a meticulous reportage tinged with poetry, in which almost every page radiates gem-like images and an impressive literary craft.... A magnificent achievement, in which Russia emerges as less a nation than a marvelous region of the mind."Irish Times

 
 
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