Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Breaking eggs

At the New York Sun, Martha Mercer reviews Orlando Figes' The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia. Though the last thing I need is a new book, I think I am going to go and buy this today, it is exerting a fascination over me...


  1. I had the same fascinated reaction when I first heard about this book, a feeling the Sun review only strengthened. This line from Simonov was breathtaking in its casual horror: "'Perhaps I thought, "You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs,"' he later wrote. 'It was rare to have a conversation without recourse to that phrase.'"

    It reminds me of the second volume of Richard Evans's history of the Third Reich, The Third Reich in Power: some of the most striking passages were about the way Nazism deformed language and private life.

  2. This book sounds amazing - the last thing I need is another one but I really want it as well.

    I kept thinking of current conditions in America today...the beginning of a slippery slope.

    thanks for linking to it!