Young Stalin

Young Stalin

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YOUNG STALIN is a remarkable adventure story about an exceptional, turbulent young man, born in exoticism, raised in the church, fancying himself a poet, then embracing revolutionary idealism and thereby finding his romantic Messianic mission in life.All the trails of Stalin the Great Dictator are founded in these times - not merely his psychology, but his hatreds, his loves, his intellectual interests, his gangsterish murderousness, his friendships, his knowledge of the world. Above all in the underground Bolshevik life are the seeds that grew into the paranoia and Terror of the Soviet Imperium.YOUNG STALIN is the product of major new research. Says the author: 'I have been amazed at the vast new materials available not only in the RGASPI archives in Moscow (Stalin's own papers amongst other things) but also in Georgia where I have found already several new memoirs and in Siberia, London, Stockholm and Vienna where I have found his old houses, new police records and more.'Read by Sean Barrettshow more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 125 x 141 x 23mm | 207g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0752888544
  • 9780752888545
  • 959,050

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"A powerful piece of detailed and authenticated research, elegantly written, and read with a kind of steely melancholy by Sean Barret." -- Sue Gaisford * INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY * Even without the rave reviews of this brilliant if chilling portrait ofthe Soviet dictator, I'd have bought it simply because Sean Barrett is reading it. No one can touch him when it comes to psychopathic serial killers or history involving unpronounceable Russian names.... a dazzling performance. The book's pretty good too. -- Sue Arnold * THE GUARDIAN * Read in the assured, rich tones of the stalwart British voice actor Sean Barrett, this acocunt of Stalin's early years is a gripping but dark Boys' Own adventure, packed with bombs, violence and treachery. -- Melissa McClements * FINANCIAL TIMES MAGAZINE * Montefiore brings Stalin to life -- Vince Cable * DAILY EXPRESS * There is a peculiarly chilling quality to Simon Sebag Montefiore's Young Stalin. The book is a fascinating prequel to his previous volume, Stalin: Court of the Red Czar.?Montefiore describes Stalin's role in the Russian Revolution with a vivid sense of scene that is transformed into aural theatre by Sean Barratt's sensitively varied delivery. -- Christina Hardyment * THE TIMES *show more

About Simon Sebag Montefiore

Born in 1965 Simon Sebag Montefiore is a biographer, novelist and journalist. He contributes to The Sunday Times, The Spectator and The New York Republic and New York Times in the USA. In the early nineties he travelled through the turbulent ex-Soviet Caucasus and Central Asia and in 1996 presented a Channel 4 documentary on his 2000 mile desert quest for slavery in Mauritania. He now lives in London with his wife, Santa, nee Palmer-Tomkinson, and two children. Sean Barrett has narrated many television documentaries for the BBC and Discovery Channel, notably THE PEOPLE'S CENTURY, WALKING WITH BEASTS, and GREAT LIVES. As a member of the BBC Radio Rep, he has appeared in hundreds of radio plays, and played Father Gillespie in the BBC Worldservice / BBC7 serial WESTWAY throughout its eight year-run. As a film and television actor he has appeared in pieces as diverse as TWELFTH NIGHT and FATHER TED, and he is a doyen of audiobook reading, with acclaimed recordings of authors ranging from Chaucer to more

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