Engineers of the Soul

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Engineers of the Soul

The Grandiose Propaganda of Stalin's Russia

By Frank Westerman; Sam Garrett (Translator)

Overlook Press, Hardcover, 9781590200872, 306pp.

Publication Date: April 28, 2011

Writers of renown, described by Stalin as 3engineers of the soul, .2 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.

About the Author
Frank Westerman lived and worked in Moscow from 1997 to 2002 as correspondent for the leading Dutch "NRC Handelsblad "newspaper. Westerman is the author of seven books, including "Ararat."