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The Resource A Spy in the archives, Sheila Fitzpatrick

A Spy in the archives, Sheila Fitzpatrick

Label
A Spy in the archives
Title
A Spy in the archives
Statement of responsibility
Sheila Fitzpatrick
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1968 historian Sheila Fitzpatrick was outed by the Russian newspaper Sovetskaya Rossiya as all but a spy for Western intelligence. She was in Moscow at the time, working in Soviet archives for her doctoral thesis on AV Lunacharsky, the first Soviet Commissar of Enlightenment after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. Despite KGB attention, and the impossibility of finding a suitable winter coat, Sheila felt more at ease in Moscow than in Britain, a feeling cemented by her friendships with Lunacharsky's daughter, Irina, and brother-in-law, Igor, a reform-minded old Bolshevik who became a surrogate father and a intellectual mentor. An affair with young Communist activist, Sasha, pulled her further into a world in which she already felt at home. For the Soviet authorities and archives, however, she would always be marked as a foreigner, and so potentially a spy. Punctuated by letters to her mother in Melbourne and her diary entries of the time, and borne along by Fitzpatrick's wry, insightful narrative, this book captures the life and times of Cold War Russia
Summary
In 1968 historian Sheila Fitzpatrick was outed by the Russian newspaper Sovetskaya Rossiya as all but a spy for Western intelligence. She was in Moscow at the time, working in Soviet archives for her doctoral thesis on AV Lunacharsky, the first Soviet Commissar of Enlightenment after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. Despite KGB attention, and the impossibility of finding a suitable winter coat, Sheila felt more at ease in Moscow than in Britain, a feeling cemented by her friendships with Lunacharsky's daughter, Irina, and brother-in-law, Igor, a reform-minded old Bolshevik who became a surrogate father and a intellectual mentor. An affair with young Communist activist, Sasha, pulled her further into a world in which she already felt at home. For the Soviet authorities and archives, however, she would always be marked as a foreigner, and so potentially a spy. Punctuated by letters to her mother in Melbourne and her diary entries of the time, and borne along by Fitzpatrick's wry, insightful narrative, this book captures the life and times of Cold War Russia
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Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
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10262103
Cataloging source
ANL
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Fitzpatrick, Sheila
Dewey number
327.12092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
  • facsimiles
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Fitzpatrick, Sheila
  • Fitzpatrick, Sheila
  • Spies
  • Soviet Union
  • Soviet Union
Target audience
adult
Label
A Spy in the archives, Sheila Fitzpatrick
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000050541670
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
346 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780522861181
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Other physical details
illustrations, facsimiles, portraits
Label
A Spy in the archives, Sheila Fitzpatrick
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000050541670
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
346 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780522861181
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Other physical details
illustrations, facsimiles, portraits

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