Hochschild, Adam Russia Faces Its Past

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Russia Faces Its Past

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Stalin's quarter-century rule in the USSR left 20 million people dead. In the late 1930s, during the height of the terror, one out of every eight Soviet citizens was shot or sent to a concentration camp. This study examines how people recover from such a repressive regime. It talks to prison survivors, writers and retired camp guards. It visits classrooms where teachers struggle to teach pupils a history that has changed dramatically in detail in the past five years. It talks to persecuted human rights activists and those searching for missing parents and grandparents. In the process, the book raises profound questions about the potential victim and executioner in all of us.

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"An exceptionally perceptive and honest book that sensitively attempts to do justice to those who lived under Stalinist tyranny and the following 40 years of state-imposed silence." -- San Francisco Chronicle, April 10, 1994

"As the Russians started to come to grips with the trauma that had numbed three generations, words poured forth in newspapers and magazine stories, public meetings, exhibitions, documentary films, plays and novels, each adding to the awakening of memories that many still found painful to confront. For the first time, it became possible to ask about the injury and the guilt, to inquire into the inner feelings of those who had lived on both sides of the barbed wire that had once encircled the hundreds of islands that made up the gulag archipelago. At the beginning of 1991, Adam Hochschild hurried to Moscow to bring this collective memory into focus. The result of his effort is this probing and sensitive book, which casts striking new light upon the Russian past and present." -- Washington Post Book World, W. Bruce Lincoln, April 10, 1994

"I admire Hochschild greatly for his use of personal narratives to understand the human response to terror. The question of why many Russians continue to revere Stalin--even some who suffered greatly during his regime--is one whose importance permeates Russia's current political crisis and indeed will endure long beyond it." -- Lingua Franca, Tina Rosenberg, August 1996

"The author of THE UNQUIET GHOST combines the strengths of a practiced investigative reporter with those of a philosopher-historian with a sensitive moral compass and the spirit of an enlightened 18th-century gentleman. . . . THE UNQUIET GHOST makes an important contribution to our post-glasnost awareness of the former Soviet Union's harrowing past--and of its unsettled present. Belonging to a literary genre which has flourished for centuries, that of "The Voyage to Russia" by a Western observer, it is an illuminating excursion led by a highly qualified guide." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review, April 3, 1994

"The characters and the dramatic situations Mr. Hochschild encounters are nothing short of magnificent." -- New York Times Book Review, Paul Goldberg

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"I was in Moscow during the first shock of Khrushchev's 'secret speech' in 1956, and have followed the long, traumatic process of de-Stalinization. No other work has brought home the full horror of this monstrous dictator's rule than this close-up account by Adam Hochschild." --Daniel Schorr

"A book that adds greatly to our grasp of the dreadful phenomena of Stalinism--and even gives the interrogation records of American citizens caught in the terror machine." --Robert Conquest

"In the spirit of scholarship and empathy, Adam Hochschild has journeyed into the totalitarian past. The voices he has recorded, the relics he has seen, are haunting--and the raw material of a terrific book." --David Remnick

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