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The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution
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The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution

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  • Yuri Slezkine
  • Princeton University Press
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  • 9780691192727
  • 9.1 X 6.1 X 2.2 inches
  • 3.25 pounds
  • History > Russia & the Former Soviet Union
  • English
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The epic story of an enormous Soviet apartment building where Communist true believers lived before their destruction

The House of Government is unlike any other book about the Russian Revolution and the Soviet experiment. Written in the tradition of Tolstoy's War and Peace, Grossman's Life and Fate, and Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago, Yuri Slezkine's gripping narrative tells the chilling true story of an enormous Moscow apartment building where Soviet leaders and their families lived until hundreds of these Bolshevik true believers were led, one by one, to prison or to their deaths in Stalin's purges. Drawing on letters, diaries, and interviews with survivors, and featuring hundreds of rare photographs, this epic story weaves together biography, literary criticism, architectural history, and fascinating new theories of revolutions, millennial prophecies, and reigns of terror. The result is an unforgettable saga of a building that, like the Soviet Union itself, became a haunted house, forever disturbed by the ghosts of the disappeared.

The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution

Author Bio

Yuri Slezkine is Jane K. Sather Professor of History at University California Berkley Department of History. 

Professor Slexkine has published six books covering Russia, Soviet Union and Siberia. 

The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution(link is external) (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017)

The Jewish Century(link is external) (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004).

In the Shadow of Revolution: Life Stories of Russian Women from 1917 to the Second World War(link is external), edited by Sheila Fitzpatrick and Yuri Slezkine (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2000).

Arctic Mirrors: Russia and the Small Peoples of the North(link is external) (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994).

"The USSR as a Communal Apartment, or How a Socialist State Promoted Ethnic Particularism," Slavic Review 53, no. 2 (Summer 1994): 414-452.

Between Heaven and Hell: The Myth of Siberia in Russian Culture, ed. by Galya Diment and Yuri Slezkine (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1993).

 

Research Interests
Late Modern Europe: Russia

  • Education
    MA, University of Moscow
  • PhD, University of Texas, Austin

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