The Magical Chorus by Solomon Volkov

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 5 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

From the reign of Tsar Nicholas II to the brutal cult of Stalin to the ebullient, uncertain days of perestroika, nowhere has the inextricable relationship between politics and culture been more starkly illustrated than in twentieth-century Russia. In the first book to fully examine the intricate and often deadly interconnection between Russian rulers and Russian artists, cultural historian Solomon Volkov brings to life the experiences that inspired artists like Tolstoy, Stravinsky, Akhmatova, Nijinsky, Nabokov, and Eisenstein to create some of the greatest masterpieces of our time. Epic in scope and intimate in detail, The Magical Chorus is the definitive account of a remarkable era in Russia's complex cultural life.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Solomon Volkov

See more books from this Author
Solomon Volkov is the award-winning author of several notable books about Russian culture, including St. Petersburg: A Cultural History and Shostakovich and Stalin, published worldwide. After moving to the US from the Soviet Union, he became a cultural commentator at the Voice of America and then Radio Liberty broadcasting to the USSR (and later, Russia), discussing contemporary artistic developments in his former homeland. He lives in New York City with his wife, Marianna, a pianist and photographer.
 
Published March 4, 2008 by Vintage. 352 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Magical Chorus

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Expat radio journalist Volkov (Shostakovich and Stalin, 2004, etc.) opens his fluent, swiftly moving narrative with Leo Tolstoy, who, though strongly identified with the preceding century, “dominated both the cultural and the political life of the early twentieth century also.” Tolstoy was an esp...

| Read Full Review of The Magical Chorus

The New York Times

See more reviews from this publication

Despite his background as a quasi dissident — his first book, a series of conversations with Shostakovich, caused an international sensation upon its publication in 1979, after the Soviets mounted a strenuous campaign against it — the lone score Volkov is interested in settling (and this only in ...

May 04 2008 | Read Full Review of The Magical Chorus

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

A sweeping history of the arts in Soviet Russia from the revolution to the 1999 ascendancy of Vladimir Putin, the latest from author Volkov (Shostakovich and Stalin) brings together all the players, from emigres such as Nabokov, Bunin and Brodsky, to loyalists like Gorky, Stravinsky and Pasternak...

| Read Full Review of The Magical Chorus

BC Books

See more reviews from this publication

His Gulag Archipelago, a first-hand account of the labor camps, is possibly the most momentous Russian book of the past 100 years.

Oct 03 2009 | Read Full Review of The Magical Chorus

BC Books

See more reviews from this publication

He stepped into a position of de facto dictatorship, which had been held for the previous 30 years by the ruthlessly efficient Joseph Stalin.

Oct 03 2009 | Read Full Review of The Magical Chorus

Reader Rating for The Magical Chorus
85%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 7 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×