The Noise of TimeBook - 2016
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ChristchurchLib Jun 23, 2016
When Stalin denounces his work in 1936, Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich fully expects to be sent to a Siberian gulag or else put to death. But what actually happens is, in some ways, worse than exile or execution. Shostakovich is permitted to pursue his musical ambitions, provided that he de... Read More »
Written beautifully & a good topic - the life of Russian composer Shostakovich, trying to live under extremely difficult & tumultuous times. Is it possible to live a creative/artistic life on your own terms, be free to create the art that you want/need to, while dealing with external pres... Read More »
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They always came for you in the middle of the night. And so, rather than be dragged from the apartment in his pyjamas, or forced to dress in front of some contemptuously impassive NKVD man, he would go to bed fully clothed, lying on top of the blankets, a small case already packed on the floor beside him. He barely slept, and lay there imagining the worst things a man could imagine. His restlessness in turn prevented Nita from sleeping. Each would lie there, pretending; also, pretending not to hear and smell the other's terror. One of his persistent waking nightmares was that the NKVD would seize Galya and pack her off—if she was lucky—to a special orphanage for children of enemies of the state. Where she would be given a new name and a new character; where she would be turned into a model Soviet citizen, a little sunflower lifting her face towards the great sun that called itself Stalin.
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