Monday, April 30, 2007

Grave Mistake

So, uh, don't really know what that last post was about. Someone, obviously, hacked into my account or something.

Lying on the couch, coping with this morning's hangover, I finished up a quick read:

#18 -- "Lenin's Embalmers" by Ilya Zbarsky and Samuel Hutchinson

This oddity has been languishing on my bookshelf for the better part of a decade -- a quick book by the last of the men involved in the early preservation of Lenin's body.

Some of it is quite interesting -- it's a very good description of the semi-privileged life under Stalin, a viewpoint I don't think I've read before. Some of it I can do without -- the author's relationship to his parents, which is touched upon a lot, doesn't add much of anything.

The most interesting part is really given short shrift -- the role of the preserved body in Soviet society, the cult of personality surrounding the corpse. I would have liked to see more on that and less of the family dynamics.

Ok, back to lying down.

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