One of the most dangerous professions in the Soviet period of Russian history proved to be that of writer. The Soviet dictatorship that claimed 60 million innocent lives physically exterminated authors together with their books. Why, under such circumstances, didn’t most writers stop writing? What drove them, often knowingly, to sacrifice their own lives and sometimes the lives of their families?
As we search for an answer, we’ll look at the social, political and cultural contexts of Stalin’s times, examining the works and destinies of such diverse writers as Yevgeny Zamyatin, Anna Akhmatova, Boris Pasternak, Isaac Babel, Osip Mandelstam and Mikhail Bulgakov.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.