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Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich
Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich
Edited by Solomon Volkov
Harper, 1979, 289 pp.

The personal story, presumably authentic, of the Russian composer's struggle with himself and the constraints of the system to which he had to conform. A powerful searchlight that illuminates Soviet society and the relationship between creative art and political power in the Stalinist period and after.