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The Stalin Epigram by Robert Littell
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Jun 01, 2009

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Critics agree that The Stalin Epigram is a powerful novel. Littell, who met with Osip's wife in 1979 and recorded the story of his imprisonment and death, tells a harrowing, almost absurdist tale of imprisonment, exile, and death in the Soviet state. Turning from his Soviet spy thrillers, Littell provides an impeccably researched historical backdrop, and his multiple perspectives offer a full picture of the era's emotional and physical horrors. The strength of the book lies in Littell's command of the brutalities of Stalin's regime.

This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.


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