Engineers of the Soul: The Grandiose Propaganda of Stalin's Russia

Engineers of the Soul: The Grandiose Propaganda of Stalin's Russia


The fantastic and infrequently funny story of writers fostering the tragic delusions of Stalinist Russia.

Frank Westerman attracts the reader into the wild euphoria of the Russian Revolution, as paintings and truth are bent to greatly new reasons. Writers of renown, defined by means of Stalin as "engineers of the soul," have been inspired to sing the praises of canal and dam development less than titles akin to power: The Hydraulic energy Station and Onward, Time! yet their enthusiasm --spontaneous and idealistic firstly --soon grew to become an compulsory track of compliment. and as those significant waterworks resulted in slavery and destruction, soviet writers, similar to Maxim Gorky, Isaak Babel, Konstantin Paustovsky, and Boris Pasternak, have been pressured to hard work on within the provider of a deluded totalitarian society.

Combining investigative journalism with literary heritage, Engineers of the Soul is a trip via modern Russia and soviet-era literature. Westerman examines either the tradition panorama lower than Stalin's rule and the booklet --and lives of writers stuck within the wheels of the soviet approach.

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