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Police Aesthetics: Literature, Film, and the Secret Police in Soviet Times

Cristina Vatulescu


The documents emerging from the secret police archives of the former Soviet bloc have caused scandal after scandal, compromising revered cultural figures and abruptly ending political careers. This book offers a revealing and responsible approach to such materials. Taking advantage of the partial opening of the secret police archives in Russia and Romania, the author focuses on their most infamous holdings—the personal files—as well as on movies the police sponsored, scripted, or authored. Through the archives, she gains new insights into the writing of literature and raises new questions abou ... More

Keywords: secret police, Soviet bloc, Russia, Romania, police files, writing of literature, cinema, film, culture, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804760805
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804760805.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cristina Vatulescu, author