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Description - The Ransom of Russian Art by John McPhee

In the 1960s and 1970s, an American professor of Soviet economics forayed on his own in the Soviet Union, bought the work of underground "unofficial" artists, and brought it out himself or arranged to have it illegally shipped to the United States. Norton Dodge visited the apartments of unofficial artists in at least a dozen geographically scattered cities. By 1977, he had a thousand works of art. His ultimate window of interest involved the years from 1956 to 1986, and through his established contacts he eventually acquired another eight thousand works - by far the largest collection of its kind. John McPhee investigates Dodge's clandestine activities in the service of dissident Soviet art, his motives for his work, and the fates of several of the artists whose lives he touched.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780374524500
ISBN-10: 0374524505
Format: Paperback / softback
(201mm x 128mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John McPhee

John McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. His writing career began at "Time" magazine and led to his long association with "The New Yorker," where he has been a staff writer since 1965. Also in 1965, he published his first book, "A Sense of Where You Are," with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and in the years since, he has written nearly 30 books, including "Oranges" (1967), "Coming into the Country" (1977), "The Control of Nature" (1989), "The Founding Fish" (2002), "Uncommon Carriers" (2007), and "Silk Parachute" (2011). "Encounters with the Archdruid" (1972) and "The Curve of Binding Energy" (1974) were nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science. McPhee received the Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 1977. In 1999, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for "Annals of the Former World." He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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