The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich

Book - 1979
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Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, c1979
ISBN: 9780060144760
Branch Call Number: 921 SHO
Characteristics: xli, 289 p., [48] leaves of plates :,ill. ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Volkov, Solomon


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Jan 31, 2014

The controversy rages whether this is a fake autobiography of the famous composer Dmitri Shostakovich. The son Maxim says it is a biography about his father, not an autobiography. But Maxim praises the author Volkov for revealing the trying conditions his father had to work under. Shostakovich's 3rd wife Irina denounced the book.

Nov 05, 2013

My five-star rating has nothing to do what Shostakovich (allegedly) said, as recorded and disseminated by Volkov. After all, anyone - whether informed or otherwise - has one's views. My rating has to do with the "essential reading" nature of this book, for anyone who is interested in the composer and the history of that region during that period. Although Shostakovich has related his works in these interviews, he spoke about other people most of the time, which is interesting; much of which is lurid and sad. Nowadays, this book has secured the status of a must-read classic, as the details of this book have all been corroborated in one form or another since its publication.

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