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The Resource Fear and the muse kept watch : the Russian masters--from Akhmatova and Pasternak to Shostakovich and Eisenstein--under Stalin, Andy McSmith

Fear and the muse kept watch : the Russian masters--from Akhmatova and Pasternak to Shostakovich and Eisenstein--under Stalin, Andy McSmith

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Fear and the muse kept watch : the Russian masters--from Akhmatova and Pasternak to Shostakovich and Eisenstein--under Stalin
Title
Fear and the muse kept watch
Title remainder
the Russian masters--from Akhmatova and Pasternak to Shostakovich and Eisenstein--under Stalin
Statement of responsibility
Andy McSmith
Title variation
Russian masters--from Akhmatova and Pasternak to Shostakovich and Eisenstein--under Stalin
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eng
Summary
"Can great art be produced in a police state? Josif Stalin ran one of the most oppressive regimes in world history. Nevertheless, Stalinist Russia produced an outpouring of artistic works of immense power--from the poems of Anna Akhmatova and Osip Mandelstam to the opera Peter and the Wolf, the film Alexander Nevsky, and the novels The Master and Margarita and Doctor Zhivago. More than a dozen great artists were visible enough for Stalin to take an interest in them--which meant he chose whether they were to live in luxury and be publicly honored or to be sent to the Lubyanka for torture and execution. Journalist and novelist Andy McSmith brings together the stories of these artists--including Isaac Babel, Boris Pasternak, Dmitri Shostakovich, and many others--revealing how they pursued their art often at great personal risk. It was a world in which the poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, whose bright yellow tunic was considered a threat to public order under the tsars, struggled to make the communist authorities see the value of avant garde art; Babel publicly thanked the regime for allowing him the privilege of not writing; and Shostakovich's career veered wildly between public disgrace and wealth and acclaim. An extraordinary work of historical recovery, Fear and the Muse Kept Watch is also a bold exploration of the triumph of art during terrible times"--
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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DLC
Dewey number
700.92/247
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Target audience
adult
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Fear and the muse kept watch : the Russian masters--from Akhmatova and Pasternak to Shostakovich and Eisenstein--under Stalin, Andy McSmith
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Eisenstein in the Jazz Age -- The Hooligan Poet and the Proletarians -- The Master -- Corrupting Gorky -- The Stalin Epigram -- Babel's Silence -- Pasternak's Sickness of the Soul -- Stalin and the Silver Screen -- Stalin's Nights at the Opera -- Pasternak in the Great Terror -- Sholokhov, Babel, and the Policeman's Wife -- Altering History -- Anna of all the Russias -- When Stalin Returned to the Opera -- After Stalin
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
339 pages
Isbn
9781595580566
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015008415
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • 191759
  • 5529734
Label
Fear and the muse kept watch : the Russian masters--from Akhmatova and Pasternak to Shostakovich and Eisenstein--under Stalin, Andy McSmith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Eisenstein in the Jazz Age -- The Hooligan Poet and the Proletarians -- The Master -- Corrupting Gorky -- The Stalin Epigram -- Babel's Silence -- Pasternak's Sickness of the Soul -- Stalin and the Silver Screen -- Stalin's Nights at the Opera -- Pasternak in the Great Terror -- Sholokhov, Babel, and the Policeman's Wife -- Altering History -- Anna of all the Russias -- When Stalin Returned to the Opera -- After Stalin
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
339 pages
Isbn
9781595580566
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015008415
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • 191759
  • 5529734

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