Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich
as related to and edited by Solomon Volkov
Hamish Hamilton, 1979, [First Edition], b/w photographic plates, hardcover, dustjacket, ISBN 0241103215
Very Good Condition, minor edge and shelf wear,
'In this astounding self-portrait, Dmitri Shostakovich, the musical titan whom the Soviets paraded before the world as the personification of their ideal in the arts, reveals himself as a tormented man - profoundly ambivalent in his feelings about his country and his role.
Solomon Volkov, the distinguished Soviet musicologist who worked closely with Shostakovich on the preparation of the manuscript, arranged, with the composer's consent, for it to be smuggled out of the Soviet Union. Shostakovich's only stipulation was that the memoirs should not be published until after his death.'