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Author Rolin, Olivier, author.

Title Stalin's meteorologist : one man's untold story of love, life, and death / Olivier Rolin ; translated from the French by Ros Schwartz.

Publication Info. Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Wangengeim,A ROL    Available
Edition First Counterpoint hardcover edition.
Description 179 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
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Note Translation of: Le météorologue.
Summary "In 1934, the highly respected head of the Soviet Union's meteorology department, Alexei Feodosievich Wangenheim, was suddenly arrested without cause and taken to a gulag. Less than a year after being hailed by Stalin as a national hero, he ended up with thousands of other 'political prisoners' in a camp on an island in the north, under vast skies and surrounded by water that was, for more than six months of the year, a sheet of motionless ice. He was violently executed in 1937--a fact kept from his family for nearly 20 years. Olivier Rolin masterfully weaves together Alexei's story and his eventual fate, drawing on an archive of letters and delicate drawings of the natural world which Wangenheim sent to his family from prison. Tragically, Wangenheim never stopped believing in the Revolution. Maintaining that he'd been incarcerated by accident, that any day Stalin would find out and free him--his stubbornness suffuses the narrative with tension, and offers insight as to how he survived an impossible situation for so long. Stalin's Meteorologist is a fascinating work which casts light on the devastating consequences of politically inspired paranoia and the mindlessness and trauma of totalitarianism--relevant revelations for our time"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Wangengeĭm, Alekseĭ Feodosʹevich, 1881-1937.
Political prisoners -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Meteorologists -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Political persecution -- Soviet Union -- History.
Solovet︠s︡kiĭ lagerʹ osobogo naznachenii︠a︡ -- History.
Soviet Union. Gidrometeorologicheskiĭ komitet -- Biography.
Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1917-1936.
Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1936-1953.
Added Author Schwartz, Ros, translator.
Added Title Météorologue. English
ISBN 9781619027817

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