Engineers of the Soul
The Grandiose Propaganda of Stalin's Russia
Publication Date: April 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Writers of renown, described by Stalin as 3engineers of the soul, . were encouraged to sing the praises of canal and dam construction under titles such as "Energy and The Hydraulic Power Station." However, their enthusiasm--spontaneous and idealistic at first--soon became an obligatory song of praise as the massive waterworks led to slavery.
Combining investigative journalism with literary history, Westerman examines the books and lives of writers caught in the wheels of the system.