What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home (Hardback)Mark Mazower (author)
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‘What You Did Not Tell is pitched in a haunting, elegiac key, but there is great pleasure to be taken from how Mazower constructs his tale. Above all, the book is an undeclared tribute to the historian’s tradecraft.’ - The Financial Times
Mark Mazower – distinguished historian and author of the acclaimed Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century – turns to his own family’s hidden history to examine the European experience. It was a family that fate drove into the siege of Stalingrad, the Vilna ghetto, occupied Paris, and even into the ranks of the Wehrmacht. His British father was the lucky one, the son of Russian Jewish emigrants who settled in London after escaping the civil war and revolution. Max, the grandfather, had started out as a socialist and manned the barricades against tsarist troops, but never spoke of it. His wife, Frouma, came from a family ravaged by the Great Terror yet somehow making their way in Soviet society.
In the centenary of the Russian Revolution, What You Did Not Tell recounts a brand of socialism erased from memory - humanistic, impassioned, and broad-ranging in its sympathies. But it also explores the unexpected happiness that may await history's losers, the power of friendship, and the love of place that allowed Max and Frouma's son to call England home.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 543 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 35 mm
‘What You Did Not Tell is proof of what historical research can yield, providing you have the determination, skill and boundless curiosity to pursue it to the bitter end.’ – The Guardian
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