Comrade Huppert

Comrade Huppert : A Poet in Stalin's World

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After discovering the autobiography of the Austrian communist and writer Hugo Huppert (1902-1982), historian George Huppert became absorbed in the life and work of this man, a Jew, perhaps a relative, who was born a few months after George's father and grew up just miles away. Hugo seemed to embody a distinctly central European experience of his time, of people trapped between Hitler and Stalin. Using the unvarnished account found in Hugo's notebooks, George Huppert takes the reader on a tour of the writer's life from his provincial youth to his education and radicalization in Vienna; to Moscow where he meets Mayakovski and where he is imprisoned during Stalin's purges; through the difficult war years and return to Vienna; to his further struggles with the communist party and his blossoming as a writer in the 1950s. Through all the twists and turns of this story, George remains a faithful presence, guiding the way and placing Hugo's remarkable life in context. Comrade Huppert is a story of displacement and exile, the price of party loyalty, and the toll of war and terror on the mind of this emblematic more

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  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 445g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253019788
  • 9780253019783
  • 2,075,646

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Of interest to scholars of Austrian literature and history. . . * Kirkus Reviews * The addition of illuminating historical context to Hugo's narrative is George's most significant contribution. * On the Seawall * Deftly tracing Hugo Huppert's improbable path from Jewish Galicia to Soviet Moscow to postwar Vienna, George Huppert . . . anchors this account in his own experience. . . * Choice *show more

About George Huppert

George Huppert is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of several books, including The Idea of Perfect History: Historical Erudition and Historical Philosophy in Renaissance France; The Style of Paris: Renaissance Origins of the French Enlightenment (IUP, 1999); After the Black Death: A Social History of Early Modern Europe (IUP, 1986); and Les Bourgeois Gentilshommes: An Essay on the Definition of Elites in Renaissance more

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