ARRESTED VOICES by Vitaly Shentalinsky
Resurrecting the Disappeared Writers of the Soviet Regime

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Until glasnost, the fates of Soviet Russia's most prominent writers lat hidden in the KGB files bearing their names. Shentalinsky opened the files to find detailed reports describing how these writers--including Isaac Babel and Maxim Gorky--were arrested, tortured, falsely accused of crimes, imprisoned in gulag camps, or secretly executed. of photos.
 

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Published July 10, 1996 by Free Press. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Isaac Babel's file is compelling because it is unusually comprehensive and reveals how Babel first succumbed to his interrogators' demands and later attempted to save those whom he had implicated.

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In the late 1980s, as perestroika and glasnost bloomed in the Soviet Union, poet and essayist Shentalinsky, neither a dissident nor a state lackey, saw an opening: he organized fellow writers to appeal to the authorities to open files regarding state repression of writers during the Stalinist era.

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