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The Garden of Broken Statues: Exploring Censorship in Russia

01/18/2017 06:30 PM

@ Bookends & Beginnings
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley 1
EvanstonIL 


The Garden of Broken Statues: Exploring Censorship in Russia

Marianna Tax Choldin, author of this new book, is Mortenson Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1991 she became the founding director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, which she led until her retirement at the end of 2002.

Captivated at a young age by Russia, Choldin immersed herself as a student at the University of Chicago in that country's language and culture. In The Garden of Broken Statues, she describes the tension between her own strong commitment to freedom of expression and her growing understanding of Russian and Soviet censorship. She has traveled widely in post-Soviet Russia and has spoken with hundreds of Russians about their own censorship history. She writes of the close friendships she has formed there, and reflects on her Jewish roots in the country her family left behind over a hundred years ago.

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