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Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich Paperback – 1 Jan 1990
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"'I do not know of a musician who will not read it with compassion and admiration' Andre Previn" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Solomon Volkov is a musicologist and the author, most recently, of St. Petersburg: A Cultural History. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I recommend a similar book called "IN SEARCH MY HOMELAND" by a Chinese writer Er-tai Gao (his memory). He was critisized of having produced many works praising the Communist Party in the past. However that's just because he isn't a martyr and he just wanted to survive at that crazy time. If you read the two book together you will find Testimony should be the real memory of Shostakovich.
With all of this further defense of the book aside, I must say that this is a fine book, and it is finer still if you will accept the words within as fact. Read all of the mud-slinging regarding Testimony first if you wish, but with all of it aside this book is a fine work of fact, and would even be a fine work of fiction.
Although pedants may be quite blind to the fact, this book is rather moving, at times humourous, at times starkly observant... One who does not adore Shostakovich's music would do well to read the book, for one gains a great psychological perspective into what are merely very good works when viewed as 'absolute music'.
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