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Issue Details: First known date: 2013 2013
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'In 1968 historian Sheila Fitzpatrick was ‘outed’ by the Russian newspaper Sovetskaya Rossiya as all but a spy for Western intelligence. She was in Moscow at the time, working in Soviet archives for her doctoral thesis on AV Lunacharsky, the first Soviet Commissar of Enlightenment after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.

Despite KGB attention, and the impossibility of finding a suitable winter coat, Sheila felt more at ease in Moscow than in Britain—a feeling cemented by her friendships with Lunacharsky's daughter, Irina, and brother-in-law, Igor, a reform-minded old Bolshevik who became a surrogate father and a intellectual mentor. An affair with young Communist activist, Sasha, pulled her further into a world in which she already felt at home. For the Soviet authorities and archives, however, she would always be marked as a foreigner, and so potentially a spy.

Punctuated by letters to her mother in Melbourne and her diary entries of the time, and borne along by Fitzpatrick's wry, insightful narrative, A Spy in the Archives captures the life and times of Cold War Russia. ' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: To Igor and Irina, in memoriam

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Melbourne University Press , 2013 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 346p.
      Description: illus. (b & w)
      Reprinted: 2013
      Note/s:
      • Published 2 September 2013
      ISBN: 9780522861198, 9780522861181

Works about this Work

Review : A Spy in the Archives Tatiana Antsoupova , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Archives and Manuscripts , vol. 42 no. 1 2014; (p. 98-100)

— Review of A Spy in the Archives Sheila Fitzpatrick 2013 single work autobiography
In the Moscow Archives Sheila Fitzpatrick , 2013 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 354 2013; (p. 33-36)
Counterpoints Miriam Cosic , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 356 2013;

— Review of A Spy in the Archives Sheila Fitzpatrick 2013 single work autobiography
Soviet Secrets Ian Cummins , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 7 December 2013; (p. 31)

— Review of A Spy in the Archives Sheila Fitzpatrick 2013 single work autobiography
Counterpoints Miriam Cosic , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 356 2013;

— Review of A Spy in the Archives Sheila Fitzpatrick 2013 single work autobiography
Soviet Secrets Ian Cummins , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 7 December 2013; (p. 31)

— Review of A Spy in the Archives Sheila Fitzpatrick 2013 single work autobiography
Review : A Spy in the Archives Tatiana Antsoupova , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Archives and Manuscripts , vol. 42 no. 1 2014; (p. 98-100)

— Review of A Spy in the Archives Sheila Fitzpatrick 2013 single work autobiography
In the Moscow Archives Sheila Fitzpatrick , 2013 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 354 2013; (p. 33-36)
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