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    DescriptionEngineers of the Soul draws the reader into the wild euphoria of the Russian Revolution, as art and reality are bent to radically new purposes. Writers of renown, described by Stalin as 'engineers of the soul', were encouraged to sing the praises of construction. But the initial enthusiasm of Soviet writers faltered as these colossal structures led to slavery and destruction, and they were obliged to labour on in the service of a deluded totalitarian society. Frank Westerman sweeps the reader along to the dramatic final confrontation between writers and engineers that signalled the end of the Soviet empire.


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    Title
    Engineers of the Soul
    Subtitle
    In the Footsteps of Stalin's Writers
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Frank Westerman, Translated by Sam Garrett
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 230 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099461647
    ISBN 10: 0099461641
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: POL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.5
    BIC subject category V2: WTL, HB, JPVN
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000, HIS032000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DVUA
    DC22: 891.709004
    Thema V1.0: JPV, NHD
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    01 December 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Frank Westerman was born in 1964 and lived and worked in Moscow from 1997 to 2002 as correspondent for the leading Dutch NRC Handelsblad newspaper. Westerman is the author of five highly praised books. His work has been published in more than ten languages and has won many prizes.
    Review quote
    "A compelling combination of literary criticism and travelogue" Scotland on Sunday "Westerman is a very fine writer and his stories, characters and digressions are as delicately wrought as a watch mechanism. Like Bruce Chatwin and the Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski, he has elevated the authorial journalist-traveller into a brilliant, magic storyteller; like them he seeks out the smaller, human-sized epics that play out their tragedies against the backdrop of history" Sunday Times "Westerman completes a portrait at once engaging and devastating. As such, it comes closer than any conventional literary history to defining the elusive Socialist Realism." Independent "An extraordinarily compelling, imaginative and subtle mixture of history, literary criticism and travelogue" History Today "Brilliant, illuminating and rich" Literary Review
    Back cover copy
    Engineers of the Soul draws the reader into the wild euphoria of the Russian Revolution, as art and reality are bent to radically new purposes. Writers of renown, described by Stalin as ‘engineers of the soul’, were encouraged to sing the praises of construction. But the initial enthusiasm of Soviet writers faltered as these colossal structures led to slavery and destruction, and they were obliged to labour on in the service of a deluded totalitarian society. Frank Westerman sweeps the reader along to the dramatic final confrontation between writers and engineers that signalled the end of the Soviet empire. 'The fate of Soviet writers under Stalin is movingly explored in this outstanding mix of travel book and literary study, which has about it more than a hint of Bruce Chatwin... Westerman has elevated the authorial journalist-traveller into a brilliant, magic storyteller' Sunday Times 'Brilliant, illuminating and rich' Literary Review 'Westerman completes a portrait at once engaging and devastating. As such, it comes closer than any conventional literary history to defining the elusive Socialist Realism' Independent 'This is a terrific read, with vivid, well-researched and reflective insights into Soviet society' Irish Times Also by Frank Westerman: [jpeg of Ararat]