By Sheila Fitzpatrick
In 1968 historian Sheila Fitzpatrick used to be ‘outed’ through the Russian newspaper Sovetskaya Rossiya as all yet a undercover agent for Western intelligence. She used to be in Moscow on the time, operating in Soviet information for her doctoral thesis on AV Lunacharsky, the 1st Soviet Commissar of Enlightenment after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.
Despite KGB cognizance, and the impossibility of discovering an appropriate wintry weather coat, Sheila felt extra comfy in Moscow than in Britain—a feeling cemented by means of her friendships with Lunacharsky's daughter, Irina, and brother-in-law, Igor, a reform-minded previous Bolshevik who turned a surrogate father and a highbrow mentor. An affair with younger Communist activist, Sasha, pulled her additional right into a international during which she already felt at domestic. For the Soviet gurus and documents, despite the fact that, she may consistently be marked as a foreigner, and so most likely a spy.
Punctuated through letters to her mom in Melbourne and her diary entries of the time, and borne alongside by way of Fitzpatrick's wry, insightful narrative, A undercover agent within the documents captures the existence and instances of chilly conflict Russia.
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