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Testimony

The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich as related to and edited by Solomon Volkov

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With the composer's consent, the manuscript was smuggled out of Soviet Russia - but Shostakovich, fearing reprisals, stipulated that the book should not appear until after his death. Ever since its publication in 1979 it has been the subject of controversy, some suggesting that Volkov invented parts of it, but most affirming that it revealed a profoundly ambivalent Shostakovich which the world had never seen before - his life at once triumphant and tragic. Either way, it remains indispensable to an understanding of Shostakovich's life and work. Testimony is intense and fiercely ironic, both plain-spoken and outspoken.

Product code: 9780571227921

ISBN 9780571227921
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H216xW134xS19
No. Of Pages 288
Publisher Faber & Faber
Edition Main
'A terrifying and unhappy book...' The Guardian

This astounding self-portrait covering the whole of Shostakovich's life (1906-1975) was prepared in collaboration with the distinguished Soviet musicologist Solomon Volkov.