Engineers Of The Soul: In the Footsteps of Stalin's Writers

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Engineers of the Soul draws the reader into the wild euphoria of the Russian Revolution, as art and reality are bent to radically new purposes. Writers of renown, described by Stalin as 'engineers of the soul', were encouraged to sing the praises of construction. But the initial enthusiasm of Soviet writers faltered as these colossal structures led to slavery and destruction, and they were obliged to labour on in the service of a deluded totalitarian society.

Frank Westerman sweeps the reader along to the dramatic final confrontation between writers and engineers that signalled the end of the Soviet empire.

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"A compelling combination of literary criticism and travelogue" ( Scotland on Sunday)

"Westerman is a very fine writer and his stories, characters and digressions are as delicately wrought as a watch mechanism. Like Bruce Chatwin and the Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski, he has elevated the authorial journalist-traveller into a brilliant, magic storyteller; like them he seeks out the smaller, human-sized epics that play out their tragedies against the backdrop of history" ( Sunday Times)

"Westerman completes a portrait at once engaging and devastating. As such, it comes closer than any conventional literary history to defining the elusive Socialist Realism." ( Independent)

"An extraordinarily compelling, imaginative and subtle mixture of history, literary criticism and travelogue" ( History Today)

"Brilliant, illuminating and rich" ( Literary Review)

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A brilliant fusion of travel writing and Soviet history which reads like Bruce Chatwin.

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