By Yuri Slezkine
On the a hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the epic tale of a tremendous condominium construction the place Communist precise believers lived sooner than their destruction
The condo of Government is not like the other publication in regards to the Russian Revolution and the Soviet test. Written within the culture of Tolstoy's War and Peace, Grossman’s Life and Fate, and Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago, Yuri Slezkine’s gripping narrative tells the real tale of the citizens of a big Moscow house development the place best Communist officers and their households lived sooner than they have been destroyed in Stalin’s purges. A vibrant account of the non-public and public lives of Bolshevik actual believers, the e-book starts with their conversion to Communism and ends with their children’s lack of religion and the autumn of the Soviet Union.
Completed in 1931, the home of presidency, later referred to as the home at the Embankment, was once positioned around the Moscow River from the Kremlin. the most important residential development in Europe, it mixed 505 provided flats with public areas that integrated every little thing from a film theater and a library to a tennis court docket and a capturing variety. Slezkine tells the chilling tale of ways the building’s citizens lived of their flats and governed the Soviet nation till a few 8 hundred of them have been evicted from the home and led, one after the other, to criminal or their deaths.
Drawing on letters, diaries, and interviews, and that includes enormous quantities of infrequent pictures, The condo of Government weaves jointly biography, literary feedback, architectural historical past, and engaging new theories of revolutions, millennial prophecies, and reigns of terror. the result's an unforgettable human saga of a construction that, just like the Soviet Union itself, turned a haunted apartment, endlessly disturbed via the ghosts of the disappeared.
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The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution by Yuri Slezkine