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Soviet Culture and Power - Clark, Katerina; Dobrenko, Evgeny; Artizov, Andrei; Naumov, Oleg V.; Schwartz, Marian - Yale University Press
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Annals of Communism Series

Soviet Culture and Power

A History in Documents, 1917-1953

  • Katerina Clark and Evgeny Dobrenko with Andrei Artizov and Oleg Naumov; Translated by Marian Schwartz
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Leaders of the Soviet Union, Stalin chief among them, well understood the power of art, and their response was to attempt to control and direct it in every way possible. This book examines Soviet cultural politics from the Revolution to Stalinís death in 1953. Drawing on a wealth of newly released documents from the archives of the former Soviet Union, the book provides remarkable insight on relations between Gorky, Pasternak, Babel, Meyerhold, Shostakovich, Eisenstein, and many other intellectuals, and the Soviet leadership. Stalinís role in directing these relations, and his literary judgments and personal biases, will astonish many.

The documents presented in this volume reflect the progression of Party control in the arts. They include decisions of the Politburo, Stalinís correspondence with individual intellectuals, his responses to particular plays, novels, and movie scripts, petitions to leaders from intellectuals, and secret police reports on intellectuals under surveillance. Introductions, explanatory materials, and a biographical index accompany the documents. 

Katerina Clark is professor of comparative literature and of Slavic languages and literatures, Yale University. She lives in Hamden, CT. Evgeny Dobrenko is professor in the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies, University of Nottingham. He lives in England.

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