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Stalin's Nose Rory MacLean

Stalin's Nose By Rory MacLean

Stalin's Nose by Rory MacLean

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Rory MacLean's uncle and aunt lived in a rambling house filled with animals in Potsdam. The author visited them as he passed through Berlin and when he told his aunt of his intention to travel along the line of the old Iron Curtain, she decided to accompany him - with her pet pig.

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Stalin's Nose: Across the Face of Europe by Rory MacLean

Rory MacLean's uncle was a Soviet spy, his aunt a faded Austrian aristocrat. They lived in furious, frustrated retirement in a rambling house filled with animals in Potsdam, Prussia's Versailles. In their youth they stole secrets from Stalin and changed history. He visited them briefly as he passed through Berlin en route from the Baltic to the Black Sea. He was travelling along the line of the old Iron Curtain, writing about the Eastern European revolutions. But his aunt, a vivacious eccentric, would not be left behind. In her rattling Trabant, accompanied by her pet pig, they moved across the continent, following the threads of memory. Her remarkable East European relations - the angel of Prague, a Hungarian grave digger, a dying Romanian propagandist - help tie together the loose ends of her life. They picknicked at Auschwitz, they met Lenin's embalmer and they visited an improverished Czech town. This book is a documentary of their journey and a history of Eastern Europe. Its portrayal of subjugated peoples at a time of great change, of their fears of the past and hopes for the future, illustrates the icy comedy of human existence.

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Stalin's Nose: Across the Face of Europe by Rory MacLean
Used - Very Good
HarperCollins Publishers
Winner of Yorkshire Post Literary Award Best First Work Category 1992
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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