Review: Freedom from Violence and Lies

Freedom from Violence and Lies: Essays on Russian Poetry and Music by Simon Karlinsky, edited by Robert P. Hughes, Thomas A. Koster, and Richard Taruskin, was reviewed in the Slavic and East European Journal, vol. 58, no. 4 (Winter 2015) by Polina Dimova (Oberlin College). Dimova writes: 

“A loving tribute to Karlinsky by his colleagues at UC Berkeley who served as editors and translators, this wide-ranging volume offers a miscellany of his book reviews and articles on poetry and music never collected before. . . . Karlinsky’s reviews engage with major scholarly works on Russian poetry and music and present a unique document in the history of Russian studies in America and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Hughes, Koster, and Taruskin edit unobtrusively and expertly, updating Karlinsky’s critical apparatus in footnotes and commentaries so as not to render the reviews obsolete, and provide invaluable information and further quotations by Karlinsky to illuminate his intellectual legacy and the controversies surrounding his uncompromisingly incisive writing. . . . Karlinsky’s provocative thought, lucid writing, strong opinions, and biting wit make the volume a pleasure to read. In its vivid introductions to poets, Freedom from Violence and Lies will appeal to general readers interested in all things Russian, as well as to all students and scholars of Russian poetry, music, and culture.”