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Title:The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Yuri Slezkine
Publisher:Princeton University Press
ISBN:0691176949
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:1096
Category:History, Russia, Non fiction, Politics

The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution by Yuri Slezkine

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution i The House of Government i is unlike any other book about the Russian Revolution and the Soviet experiment Written in the tradition of Tolstoy s i War and Peace i Grossman s i Life and Fate i and Solzhenitsyn s i The Gulag Archipelago i Yuri Slezkine s gripping narrative tells the true story of the residents of an enormous Moscow apartment building where top Communist officials and their families lived before they were destroyed in Stalin s purges A vivid account of the personal and public lives of Bolshevik true believers the book begins with their conversion to Communism and ends with their children s loss of faith and the fall of the Soviet Union .

Completed in the House of Government later known as the House on the Embankment was located across the Moscow River from the Kremlin The largest residential building in Europe it combined furnished apartments with public spaces that included everything from a movie theater and a library to a tennis court and a shooting range Slezkine tells the chilling story of how the building s residents lived in their apartments and ruled the Soviet state until some eight hundred of them were evicted from the House and led one by one to prison or their deaths .

Drawing on letters diaries and interviews and featuring hundreds of rare photographs i The House of Government i weaves together biography literary criticism architectural history and fascinating new theories of revolutions millennial prophecies and reigns of terror The result is an unforgettable human saga of a building that like the Soviet Union itself became a haunted house forever disturbed by the ghosts of the disappeared

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