I recommend that anyone who reads the book also read the preface and introduction.
He was well cultured, and makes frequent references to important Russians in theater and literature, as well as in music and history.
Compare the information from Elizabeth Wilson's book on Dmitri Shostakovich to Testimony and similarities can easily be found.
One can only fully appreciate Shostakovich's music, especially his symphonies, by understanding what his life was like within Soviet Russia at the time. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Terry-Joseph Busch
Sad that it's still considered 'controversial' after all these years, when we know he wrote it and it's authentic. Sad story of life under Stalin.Published 8 months ago by Mizpat
Wonderful insight into the mind, self-doubts, agonies and triumphs, peaks and valleys, personal life and its problems, pretty much everything you might want to know about the great... Read morePublished 15 months ago by P.George Spanos
The life of a very brave man who refused to toe the line for one of the most ruthless political leaders in recorded history. Read morePublished 22 months ago by C. Lindsay
This book provides wonderful (and terrifying) looks at the music community during the Stalinist period in the Soviet Union. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Rosalind Dworkin
I often wonder if it is the dire condition that made Shostakovitch write such moving and effective music. To say that life under Stalin was not easy is a gross understatement. Read morePublished 24 months ago by MSWu
There has been a prolonged debate in the United States over the authenticity or otherwise of this text, claiming to be put together from interviews Shostakovich gave to Volkov, and... Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Dr. Richard M. Price
I know,this is a controversial book for its accuracy.Though haven`t finish yet,I think most parts of the book is truely about Shostakovich`s life. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by ^_^^_^
I bought this book while completing a music history term paper on Shostakovich and his 5th Symphony. Read morePublished on December 3, 2011 by Zachary Tumlin