The Eitingons: A Twentieth Century Story

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Verso Books, 2 may. 2012 - 476 páginas
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Leonid Eitingon was a KGB assassin who dedicated his life to the Soviet regime. He was in China in the early 1920s, in Turkey in the late 1920s, in Spain during the Civil War and, crucially, in Mexico, helping to organize the assassination of Trotsky. “As long as I live,” Stalin said, “not a hair of his head shall be touched.” It did not work out like that.

Max Eitingon was a psychoanalyst and a colleague, friend and protégé of Freud’s. He was rich, secretive and—through his friendship with a famous Russian singer—implicated in the abduction of a White Russian general in Paris in 1937. Motty Eitingon was a New York fur dealer whose connections with the Soviet Union made him the largest trader in the world. Imprisoned by the Bolsheviks, questioned by the FBI. Was Motty everybody’s friend or everybody’s enemy?

Mary-Kay Wilmers, best known as the editor of the London Review of Books, began looking into aspects of her remarkable family twenty years ago. The result is a book of astonishing scope and thrilling originality that throws light into some of the darkest corners of the last century. At the center of the story stands the author herself—ironic, precise, searching and stylish—wondering not only about where she is from, but about what she is entitled to know.

 

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10
63
part three
195
Sliding
197
Friends
212
Palestine
233
Songbird
243
Spain
265
Success
288
The Bomb
348
part five
363
The Fall
365
Doctors Plot
386
Stalins Death
399
In Vladimir
409
Last Wife
425
At the Undertakers
442

part four
311
Back on the Road
313
War
328

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Sobre el autor (2012)

Mary-Kay Wilmers is the editor of the London Review of Books, the largest- selling literary publication in Europe. She has written for the Listener, TLS and The New Yorker.

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