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.'
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- 03 May 2007
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
- Abridged edition
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.