The Kremlin Ball

"The book is set at the end of the 1920s, when the Great Terror may have been nothing more than a twinkle in Stalin's eye, but when the revolution was accompanied by a growing sense of doom.


Author: Curzio Malaparte

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 9781681372099

Category: FICTION

Page: 223

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A perverse and delicious tell-all view of the Soviet elite in the 1920s. Perhaps only the impeccably perverse imagination of Curzio Malaparte could have conceived of The Kremlin Ball, which might be described as Proust in the corridors of Soviet power. Malaparte began this impertinent portrait of Russia's Marxist aristocracy while he was working on The Skin, his story of American-occupied Naples, and after publishing Kaputt, his depiction of Europe in the hands of the Axis, thinking of this book as a another "picture of the truth" and a third panel in a great composition depicting the decadence of twentieth-century Europe. The book is set at the end of the 1920s, when the great terror may have been nothing more than a twinkle in Stalin's eye, but when the revolution was accompanied by a growing sense of doom. In Malaparte's vision it is from his nightly opera box, rather than the Kremlin, that Stalin surveys Soviet high society, its scandals and amours and intrigues among beauties and bureaucrats, including legendary ballerina Marina Semyonova and Olga Kameneva, sister of the exiled Trotsky, who though a powerful politician is so consumed by dread that everywhere she goes she gives off a smell of rotting meat. Unfinished at the time of Malaparte's death, this extraordinary court chronicle of Communist life (for which Malaparte also contemplated the title God is a Killer) was only published posthumously in Italy over fifty years after Malaparte's death and appears in English now for the first time ever.

1636 The Kremlin Games

Daniil filled the chamber with a measured amount of black powder then pulled
out a lead cylinder. “It doesn't use a round ball, it uses a Krackoff ball.” Which, an
uptime observer would note, had a certain resemblance to a Minié ball, in that it ...


Author: Eric Flint

Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises

ISBN: 9781618249449

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 781

After carving a place for itself in war-torn 17th century Europe, the modern time-displaced town of Grantville, West Virginia has established its new mission and identity. Yet some have been left behind¾people like goodtime Bernie Zeppi, courageous in battle, but a bust in life. Bernie gets his second chance when hes hired to help Mother Russia modernize. Now war with Poland is afoot and Russia is about to get a revolution from within¾three centuries early! Its do or die time for good-time Bernie. His task: to save the Russian woman he has come to love and the country he has come to call his own from collapse into a new Dark Age. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin

for the Pushkin Ball, also known as the Golden Autumn Ball. The gilded fantasy of
the palace, which used to be the summer residence of the czars, was reflected in
a thousand puddles, but the rain couldn't dampen the highlight of the social ...


Author: Leslie Woodhead

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408840436

Category: Music

Page: 288

View: 367

Imagine a world where Beatlemania was against the law-recordings scratched onto medical X-rays, merchant sailors bringing home contraband LPs, spotty broadcasts taped from western AM radio late in the night. This was no fantasy world populated by Blue Meanies but the USSR, where a vast nation of music fans risked repression to hear the defining band of the British Invasion. The music of John, Paul, George, and Ringo played a part in waking up an entire generation of Soviet youth, opening their eyes to seventy years of bland official culture and rigid authoritarianism. Soviet leaders had suppressed most Western popular music since the days of jazz, but the Beatles and the bands they inspired-both in the West and in Russia-battered down the walls of state culture. Leslie Woodhead's How The Beatles Rocked the Kremlin tells the unforgettable-and endearingly odd-story of Russians who discovered that all you need is Beatles. By stealth, by way of whispers, through the illicit late night broadcasts on Radio Luxembourg, the Soviet Beatles kids tuned in. "Bitles," they whispered, "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah."


Eve ball at the Kremlin , attended by Khrushchev and other Soviet leaders as well
as visiting Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai . ? ' The Soviet regime had good reason
to be pleased with the performance of its team : the Melbourne Olympics were a ...


Author: Carole Fink

Publisher: Leipziger Universitätsverlag

ISBN: 3937209565

Category: Communism

Page: 354

View: 533

Scientific American

BALL BEARING AXLES AND RUBBER ference between the ball bearing and the
plain sliding On the occasion of the ... Whatever the style of a ball bearing , the
balls Kremlin contains other objects of interest , such as the basty and often
unjust ...




ISBN: UIUC:30112089533332

Category: Science


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The Ball is Round

The break-up of teams on ideological or political grounds, like CSKA in 1952, on
the whim of the Kremlin, no longer pertained. As the worst of the war damage
was repaired and the Soviet steel and cement industries continued their
ludicrous ...


Author: David Goldblatt

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141911540

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 992

View: 884

The definitive book about football. There may be no cultural practice more global than soccer. Rites of birth and marriage are infinitely diverse, but the rules of football are universal. No world religion can match its geographical scope. The single greatest simultaneous human collective experience is the World Cup final. In this extraordinary tour de force, David Goldblatt tells the full story of football's rise from chaotic folk ritual to the world's most popular sport-now poised to fully establish itself in the USA. Already celebrated internationally, The Ball Is Round illuminates football's role in the political and social histories of modern societies, but never loses sight of the beauty, joy, and excitement of the game itself.

The Alhambra and the Kremlin

One evening , at a ball , he noticed that a young man named Labanoff was
paying her a great deal of attention . He did not lose his temper , but at the end of
the ball gave orders that Labanoff should be arrested and thrown into the citadel .


Author: Samuel Irenæus Prime


ISBN: UOM:39015048991627

Category: Architecture

Page: 482

View: 525

Russia at the time of the Coronation of Alexander II Being a series of letters addressed from Moscow and St Petersburgh to the Daily News

... and his eyes sparkled with delight as I recounted to him the splendours of the
coronation . When I told him of the Kremlin ball , with its twenty - five thousand
invitations , he exclaimed , “ Ah , you could never see that anywhere but in
Russia !


Author: John MURPHY (Special Correspondent of the “Daily News.”.)


ISBN: BL:A0018276996



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Curzio Malaparte

Several chapters of a novel entitled Il ballo al Cremlino (The Kremlin Ball) were
drafted, another work which bore testimony to the writer's lifelong fascination with
the Soviet Union, and in this particular case, with the extravagances of the ...


Author: William Hope

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9781899293223

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 159

View: 649

Within a biographical context, this critical study explores the way in which Malaparte used his political pamphlets, prose poems, satirical verse and travel writings for the purposes of self-re-invention. The changing nature of the writer's rapport with his readership is also closely analysed, as this volume sheds new light on the controversies which surrounded one of the most versatile Italian writers of the twentieth century.

Oulita the Serf

Whatever hour you quit the Kremlin ball To - night , my Lord , she will await your
Lordship . She begged me to come , too . She fears , perhapsCOUNT . She need
not fear . Ah ! what a path we ' ve entered , My trusty Ermolaï ! How to dissolve ...


Author: Sir Arthur Helps


ISBN: OXFORD:590476577

Category: English drama

Page: 190

View: 859

Russia at the Time of the Coronation of Alexandre II being a Series of Lettres addressed from Moscow and St Petersburg to the Daily News

... and his eyes sparkled with delight as I recounted to him the splendours of the
coronation . When I told him of the Kremlin ball , with its twenty - five thousand
invitations , he exclaimed , “ Ah , you could never see that anywhere but in
Russia !


Author: John Murphy


ISBN: BSB:BSB10783173



View: 360

The Diary of the Shah of Persia During His Tour Through Europe in 1873

Arrive at Moscow ; lodged in the Kremlin , 35 ; Kremlin described , 36 ; theatre ,
37 ; lower apartments and museum of the Kremlin , 38 ; Lazarof College ; ball ;
fire brigade ; Ethnographic Museum , 40 ; leave for St . Petersburg by rail , 41 .


Author: Nāsịr al-Dīn Shāh (Shah of Iran)


ISBN: NYPL:33433082471081

Category: Europe

Page: 427

View: 340

Electrical Review

... a minimum . down in all the grand balls of the Kremlin ; Indicated pull on
dynamometer , less pull Twelve incandescent lamps of the Edison , It is quite
possible that Mr. Ball's disthat a soldier with a fixed bayonet stands over when
circuit open ...





Category: Electric engineering


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Catherine the Great

During the ball the Kremlin and its surroundings were illuminated and there was
much firing of cannons. This exhausting day, the first in the life of Catherine,
Grand Duchess of All the Russias, finally came to an end with a private supper at
two ...


Author: Virginia Rounding

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429967986

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 592

View: 710

Dutiful daughter, frustrated wife, passionate lover, domineering mother, doting grandmother, devoted friend, tireless legislator, generous patron of artists and philosophers—the Empress Catherine II, the Great, was all these things, and more. Her reign, the longest in Russian Imperial history, lasted from 1762 until her death in 1796; during those years she built on the work begun by her most famous predecessor, Peter the Great, to establish Russia as a major European power and to transform its new capital, St Petersburg, into a city to rival Paris and London in the beauty of its architecture, the glittering splendor of its Court and the magnificence of its art collections. Yet the great Catherine was not even Russian by birth and had no legitimate claim to the Russian throne; she seized it and held on to it, through wars, rebellions and plagues, by the force of her personality, by her charm and determination, and by an unshakable belief in her own destiny. This is the story of Catherine the woman, whom power alone could never satisfy, for she also wanted love, affection, friendship and humor. She found these in letter-writing, in grandchildren, in gardens, architecture and greyhounds—as well as in a succession of lovers which gave rise to salacious rumors throughout Europe. The real Catherine, however, was more interesting than any rumor. Using many of Catherine's own words from her voluminous correspondence and other documents, as well as contemporary accounts by courtiers, ambassadors and foreign visitors, Virginia Rounding penetrates the character of this most powerful, fascinating and surprisingly sympathetic of eighteenth-century women.

The Shattered Crystal Ball

Crystal. Ball. Effect. The more difficult the matter becomes, the greater the
temptation to hasten along the easy road of ... At the climax of the crisis, leaders
in the White House and Kremlin sensed that they were losing control of the
situation they ...


Author: James G. Blight

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 082263015X

Category: History

Page: 199

View: 404

An examination of the Cuban Missile Crisis from a psychological perspective, arguing that fear played a central role in the outcome of the crisis

The Current Digest of the Soviet Press

NATIONALITIES country " ( Celebrations in Great Kremlin Palace ] , Soviet young
people and foreign students at Pr 1 / 6-75 , Hymn over the blue mountains
Kremlin ball , Pr 3/6 . People on sleigh ride to Assignment at readers ' request ...




ISBN: UVA:X000526179

Category: World politics


View: 914

Paul Robeson

Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev welcomed in the New Year at the traditional
Kremlin Ball ; Paul participated in the musical program which was part of the Ball
. Unfortunately , his crowded schedule of tours had taken its toll . It was not his
voice ...


Author: Virginia Hamilton


ISBN: PSU:000027327265

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 384

A biography of the world famous actor and singer who lost much of his popularity when he became a champion of communism.

The Kremlin Contract

ved bished surever co by half his staff , the original balls used to play had never
come to light . The nails were rusted and the varnished surface of the wood
cracked and peeling , but it served his purpose . Stalin untied the string around
the top ...


Author: James Barwick

Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group

ISBN: 0399132384

Category: Fiction

Page: 254

View: 664

When a deranged Joseph Stalin, beyond the reach of his own advisors, decides to invade Western Europe, a group of Soviet officials opposed to the invasion tries to alert U.S. Army intelligence chief Brigadier General Hal Jones

The Kremlin

She decided to hold a ball in the great hall of the Kremlin on the day following the
Khodynka catastrophe . Another magnificent ball was given on the day of the
mass burial of the victims . Wishing to prevent the funeral procession from
passing ...


Author: Victor Alexandrov


ISBN: UCAL:B4863967

Category: Kremlin (Moscow, Russia)

Page: 335

View: 384