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Descriptions : Milovan Djilas was one of four senior members of Tito s government until his expulsion from the Yugoslav Communist party in 54 eventual imprisonment on political charges He wrote Conversations With Stalin in 61, between arrests The book is a diary of his three voyages to Moscow in 43, 44 48 Djilas, memories no doubt leavened by hindsight, titles the thr Milovan Djilas was one of four senior members of Tito s government until his expulsion from the Yugoslav Communist party in 54 eventual imprisonment on political charges He wrote Conversations With Stalin in 61, between arrests The book is a diary of his three voyages to Moscow in 43, 44 48 Djilas, memories no doubt leavened by hindsight, titles the three meetings Raptures , Doubts Disappointments As these names indicate, the book chronicles his growing disillusionment with Soviet led socialism Djilas was an educated man, a sophisticated thinker a writer So that when we read passages in the Raptures section such as, My entire being quivered from the joyous anticipation of an imminent encounter with the Soviet Union , it seems clear he was not the na f that he makes himself out to be Rather, given his circumstances at the time that he was writing, he was heightening the sense of his early fascination with all things Soviet so that his later disenchantment is all the palpable The book fascinates with its detail He travels to Moscow as a foreign dignitary to discuss Yugoslav Soviet policies He must cool his heels for days before he s finally summoned to meet Stalin Then the meetings are typically all night dinners with copious drinking byzantine political subtext to the conversation Stalin dominates the discussion so thoroughly that when he insists that the Netherlands was not a member of the Benelux union, nobody dares correct him Djilas recognizes traits of greatness in Stalin, his ruthlessness farsightedness He describes these not out of regard or respect, but because they are precisely the qualities which make Stalin evil Every crime was possible to Stalin, for there was not one he had not committed As doubts begin to creep in, he records the development of his own cynicism In politics, than in anything else, the beginning of everything lies in moral indignation in doubt of the good intentions of others His portraits of Krushchev, open minded clever of Molotov, Stalin s taciturn lieutenant Dimitrov, the powerful Bulgarian kept on Stalin s string Beria, sinister drunk a host of other prominent figures make this book required reading for those interested in the era The descriptions of machinations surrounding Yugoslav Albanian Bulgarian politics his unflattering characterization of Croatian hero Andrija Hebrang are of great interest to students of Balkan history










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