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Engineers of the Soul: In the Footsteps of Stalin's Writers
 
 
Author
Frank Westerman.
Publisher Vintage  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780099461647
Pages/Publication Date 306/2010
Daedalus Item Code 40134
List Price: Import
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This is the story of two journeys—one literal, one imaginary—through contemporary Russia and through Soviet-era literature. Writers of renown, described by Stalin as "engineers of the soul," were encouraged to sing the praises of canal and dam construction under such titles as Energy; The Hydraulic Power Station; and Onward, Time! However, their enthusiasm—spontaneous and idealistic in the early days of the revolution—soon became an obligatory tribute, as these colossal waterworks projects led to slavery and destruction and the writers became all too aware that they served a deluded society.

"The book of the year ... a dry, funny, erudite journey.... To wrestle travelogue, literary biography, social history, and bad communist cinema into such a light, readable book is an engineering triumph all of its own."—Sunday Times (London)

 
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