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 160 undesirable intellectuals mostly philosophers, academics, scientists and journalists to be deported from the new Soviet State. Were going to cleanse Russia once and for all he wrote to Stalin, whose job it was to oversee the deportation. Two ships sailed from Petrograd that autumn, taking Old Russias eminent men and their families away to what would become permanent exile in Berlin, Prague and Paris. Lesley Chamberlain creates a rich portrait of this chilling historical moment, evoked with immediacy through the journals, letters, and memoirs of the exiles.

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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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