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Molotov's magic lantern : travels in Russian history, Rachel Polonsky

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Molotov's magic lantern : travels in Russian history
Title
Molotov's magic lantern
Title remainder
travels in Russian history
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Rachel Polonsky
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Language
eng
Summary
When the author, a British journalist moves to Moscow, she discovers an apartment on Romanov Street that was once home to the Soviet elite. One of the most infamous neighbors was the ruthless apparatchik, Stalin's henchman, Vyacheslav Molotov, who was a participant in the collectivizations and the Great Purge, and also an ardent bibliophile. In what was formerly his apartment, she uncovers an extensive library and an old magic lantern, two things that lead her on an extraordinary journey throughout Russia and ultimately renew her vision of the country and its people. In this book, she 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. With exceptional insight and beautiful prose, she writes about the longings and aspirations of these Russian writers and others in the course of her travels from the Arctic to Siberia and from the forests around Moscow to the vast steppes. A singular homage to Russian history and culture, this work evokes the spirit of the great artists and the haunted past of a country ravaged by war, famine, and totalitarianism
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Title
Molotov's magic lantern
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Summary
"After moving into a Moscow apartment building, British journalist Rachel Polonsky discovered that Vyacheslav Molotov, Stalin's infamous henchman, once lived there...and that some of his belongings still did, including hundreds of books. Using Molotov's library to propel her exploration of the country, British journalist Rachel Polonsky visited Siberia, Rostov-on-Don, and more. For an intelligent, elegant look at Russia's past and present, pick up this combination literary travelogue, history, and biography."--Description by Dawn Towery
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Tone
Writing style
Biography type
contains biographical information
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374188
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
947
Index
index present
LC call number
DK510.29
LC item number
.P65 2011
Literary form
non fiction
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adult
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Molotov's magic lantern : travels in Russian history, Rachel Polonsky
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Molotov's magic lantern : travels in Russian history, Rachel Polonsky
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Note
"Originally published in 2010 by Faber and Faber Ltd., Great Britain as Molotov's magic lantern : a journey in Russian history"--T.p. verso
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Prologue -- Romanov -- Apartment 61 -- The banya -- Lutsino -- Mozzhinka -- Novgorod -- Staraya Russa -- Rostov-on-Don -- Taganrog -- Vologda -- Archangel -- Murmansk and Barentsburg -- Arshan and Irkutsk -- Ulan Ude and Kyakhta -- Epilogue
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Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
p. cm.
Isbn
9780374211974
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010023037
System control number
(OCoLC)642351504

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