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Author Polonsky, Rachel.

Title Molotov's magic lantern : travels in Russian history / Rachel Polonsky.

Imprint New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Special Collections Whitehead  947 P767m 2011    ---  Lib Use Only
Edition 1st American ed.
Description ix, 390 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note "Originally published in 2010 by Faber and Faber Ltd., Great Britain as Molotov's magic lantern : a journey in Russian history"--Title page verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 373-377) 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.
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 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. 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, 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. This work evokes the spirit of the great artists and the haunted past of a country ravaged by war, famine, and totalitarianism.
Subject Polonsky, Rachel -- Travel -- Russia (Federation)
Molotov, Vyacheslav Mikhaylovich, 1890-1986 -- Homes and haunts -- Russia (Federation) -- Moscow.
Molotov, Vyacheslav Mikhaylovich, 1890-1986 -- Library.
Molotov, Vyacheslav Mikhaylovich, 1890-1986. (OCoLC)fst00170839
Polonsky, Rachel. (OCoLC)fst01916241
Polonsky, Rachel -- Travel.
Molotov, Vyacheslav Mikhaylovich, 1890-1986 -- Homes -- Moscow (Russia)
Molotov, Vyacheslav Mikhaylovich, 1890-1986.
Russia (Federation) -- Description and travel.
Moscow (Russia) -- Description and travel.
Authors, Russian -- 20th century -- Homes and haunts.
Authors, Russian -- 20th century -- Political and social views.
Moscow (Russia) -- History.
Communism and literature -- Soviet Union -- History.
Soviet Union -- Intellectual life.
Moscow (Russia) -- Description and travel.
Moscow (Russia) -- History.
Soviet Union -- Intellectual life.
Authors, Russian -- Homes and haunts. (OCoLC)fst00822309
Authors, Russian -- Political and social views. (OCoLC)fst00822313
Communism and literature. (OCoLC)fst00870509
Homes. (OCoLC)fst01353235
Intellectual life. (OCoLC)fst00975769
Libraries. (OCoLC)fst00997341
Travel. (OCoLC)fst01155558
Russia (Federation) (OCoLC)fst01262050
Russia (Federation) -- Moscow. (OCoLC)fst01205741
Soviet Union. (OCoLC)fst01210281
Russia -- Description and travel.
Moscow (Russia) -- Description and travel.
Russian authors -- Homes.
Moscow (Russia) -- History.
Communism and literature -- Russia -- History.
Russia -- Intellectual life.
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780374211974 (alk. paper)
0374211973 (alk. paper)

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