Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fact and Fiction

Had a chance to get through two excellent (and related) books on my recent trip to the Netherlands. The first was Arthur Koestler's harrowing novel on the Soviet show trials of the late Thirties:

The second was Jonathan Brent's real life tale of his quest to reveal the secrets of the Soviet archives and what his experiences in Russia say about the country's future prospects:

Unfortunately, it seems as if Stalin still casts a long shadow over the Russian pysche and the country will see more darkness than light in the years ahead.

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