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The Eitingons By Mary-Kay Wilmers (editor)

The Eitingons
by Mary-Kay Wilmers (editor)

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.
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The Eitingons: A Twentieth-Century Family by Mary-Kay Wilmers (editor)

Leonid Eitingon was a KGB killer 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 when Trotsky was assassinated. 'As long as I live,' Stalin had said, 'not a hair of his head shall be touched.' It did not work out like that. Max Eitingon was a psychoanalyst, a colleague, friend and protege 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 began looking into aspects of her remarkable family twenty years ago. The result is a book of astonishing scope and thrilling originality which throws light into some of the darkest corners of the last century. At the centre of the story stands the author herself -- ironic, precise, searching, and stylish - wondering not only about where she is from, but about what she's entitled to know.

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The Eitingons Reviews


A superbly written book, The Eitingons is much more than a family history, for the author has a deep knowledge of the cultural and political context, whether of twentieth-century America or the Soviet Union, in which they lived. It stands as an intimate portrait of a world that seems far removed from our own.
The Eitingons is a riveting history of the twentieth century. It deals with war, displacement, murder, espionage, the Jewish diaspora and psychoanalysis. It explains Trotsky s assassination, the growth of Freud s teachings, the importance of the fur trade, the uses of money and the lure of the past. There is a lightness and a truthfulness in the narrative that makes you turn every page with pure fascination.--Colm Toibin
Wilmers pieces together what she can of the shadowy life of Leonid Eitingon, a high-level KGB killer and looks for clues that her grandfather s cousin Max, a protege of Freud in Berlin, and Motty, a New York fur trader, were also working for Stalin. What emerges is a fascinating story of family secrets and silences.
Unlike the hordes of amateur historians who have mobbed the world's libraries over the past decade on the theory that reconstructing lineage equates to personal discovery, Wilmers is up to something that commands general attention.--Christopher Glazek
[A] chatty and often engaging group biography.

About Mary-Kay Wilmers (editor)


Mary-Kay Wilmers is the editor of the London Review of Books.

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GOR001223919
The Eitingons: A Twentieth-Century Family by Mary-Kay Wilmers (editor)
Mary-Kay Wilmers (editor)
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Faber & Faber
2009-11-05
496
0571234720
9780571234721
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