The Philosophy Steamer: Lenin and the Exile of the Intelligentsia

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Atlantic Books, 2006 - Exile - 414 pages
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In 1922, Lenin personally drew up a list of some 220 'undesirable' intellectuals to be deported in preparation for the creation of the Soviet Union in December of that year. Two ships sailed from Petrograd that autumn, taking around 70 of these eminent men and their families away to what became permanent exile in Berlin, Prague and Paris. Using diaries, letters and memoirs, The Philosophy Steamer tells the story of the philosophers, writers, journalists and scholars thrown out of their homeland and forced to join emigre communities. It also explores the fate of ideas: not just those of Lenin, but also of the men who, though forced to leave their homeland, made unique contributions to the cultural and intellectual life of the twentieth century.

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After the fall of the Romanovs, and not too long before he became the first Premier of the Soviet Union, Lenin planned a forced emigration for some of the more ideologically problematic Russian ... Read full review

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Lenin's Private War by Lesley Chamberlain is not for the reader who lacks patience for Russian names or long passages on political-philosophy of the early 20th century. However, for those who've read ... Read full review


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The topics of Lesley Chamberlain's numerous books range from food to philosophy. She is a regular contributor to newspapers & journals in Britain & the United States, including "The Times" & "The Times Literary Supplement" (both of London). Her last book was "Nietzsche in Turin". She lives in London.

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