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Challenging the Silence

on BBC Radio 4 FM

New series 1/3. Martin Sixsmith examines the relationship between artists and the authorities in Soviet Russia. From the October Revolution of 1917 until after the death of Stalin in 1953, a poem, as Boris Pasternak observed, could "explode with the force of a bomb". Sixsmith reveals how writers and musicians who stayed in Russia, such as Pasternak, Anna Akhmatova , Osip Mandelstam and Dmitri Shostakovich , used their creative work to challenge the regime. Including contributions from Pasternak's son
Yevgeni and Shostakovich's widow Irina. Producer Alan Hall

Contributors

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Martin Sixsmith
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Boris Pasternak
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Anna Akhmatova
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Dmitri Shostakovich
Producer:
Alan Hall

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