Moscow 1941

When the storm broke, people turned to Tolstoy: "During the war," wrote the critic Lidia Ginzburg, "people devoured War and Peace as a way of measuring their own behavior (about Tolstoy they had no doubt: his response to life was wholly adequate).  The reader would say to himself: Well then, so what I am feeling is right: that’s just how it should be."  War and Peace was the only book the writer Vasili Grossman had time to read while he was a frontline correspondent, and he read it twice.  It was broadcast on Moscow Radio, complete, over thirty episodes.

That is from new and noteworthy Moscow 1941: A City and its People at War, by Rodric Braithwaite, recommended.


Reminds me that I haven't watched 'The Inner Circle' lately. Which has perhaps the most chilling exchange of dialogue in the history of film, between a young wife and her husband:

"Who do you love better, me or Comrade Stalin?"


Reminds me of a line I heard about Jack Bauer, of 24. If Jack had two bullets in his gun, and had before him Stalin, Mao and Nina, what would he do. Jack would shoot Nina TWICE.

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