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‘Life has been reborn’

Karl Schlögel: Writing Diaries under Stalin, 16 August 2007

Revolution on My Mind: Writing a Diary under Stalin 
by Jochen Hellbeck.
Harvard, 436 pp., £19.95, May 2007, 978 0 674 02174 7
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... They are burning memory. They’ve been doing it for a long time . . . I go out of my mind when I think that every night thousands of people throw their diaries into the fire.’ The Soviet writer Yuri Tynianov said this to a colleague in Leningrad in the late 1930s. They were standing at a window looking at the air outside, which was filled with a fine ash ...

The Dzhaz Age

Stephen Lovell: ‘Moscow 1937’, 17 July 2014

Moscow 1937 
by Karl Schlögel, translated by Rodney Livingstone.
Polity, 650 pp., £16.99, March 2014, 978 0 7456 5077 7
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... Over​ the last thirty years, Karl Schlögel has been the most distinguished flâneur among historians of Russia. A sense of place – both as the setting for human encounters and something that conditions cultural and intellectual life – has informed much of his work. In 1984 he published Moskau lesen, an essayistic exploration of the Soviet capital, while his later books include a history of St Petersburg in the early 20th century which sees the city as a ‘laboratory of modernity’, and a study of Russian-German interactions through the prism of Berlin, which Schlögel christens ‘Europe’s Ostbahnhof ...

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