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The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution
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House of Government > House of Government: Book Three, Part V (28), Part VI (29-33), Epilogue

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Biblio Curious (bibliocurious) | 164 comments The final section, here we can discuss the final section of the book and wrap up any final thoughts on this giant TOME!!

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Dianne | 9 comments Chapter 28 - The Supreme Penalty - Arrested individuals were forced to sign confessions whether they were true or not, and those that did not or retracted their confessions were sentenced to death. What a horrifying way to live! If these people needed their dachas and sanatoriums before, I can only wonder how they can survive without them now. The new world, according to Socialism and Its Culture was "not the preaching of universal love, but the preaching of ardent patriotism towards the USSR, which represents the most powerful force of the international socialist movement."

Tactics like this were common and terrifying: "He spent two and a half weeks in a cell before his interrogation began. At first he denied his guilt, but, twenty interrogations later..." It is noted that "participants have difficulty remembering and explaining what happened and try to avoid talking or thinking about it." No wonder!

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Dianne | 9 comments Chapter 29 - The End of Childhood - This chapter was so sad! Ah the poor children who were abandoned after their parents were arrested, what was their fate? As one child wrote, "Will I grow up to be good? Can I be good somehow?" And what was even more disturbing was that 'being good' often meant turning into government agents to perpetuate the brutal regime after Kirov's death.

Biblio Curious (bibliocurious) | 164 comments I can't believe the children were just shuffled off like that. How many of them didn't get to say goodbye & never got the answers they needed? It makes me wonder what becomes of them as they grow up? What effect does this have on them and their children, then as a society? The effects must still be felt because was very recent.

Hugh (bodachliath) | 191 comments Mod
The epilogue had me wondering if the book started out as literary criticism and morphed into a history afterwards. Many of the writers Slezkine talks about have never been translated into English, but there are certainly a few that sound very interesting.

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