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Riley Reviews Playing with Fire: The Story of Maria Yudina, Pianist in Stalin’s Russia: LA Review of Books

Journalism associate professor and graduate program director Tim Riley reviewed Elizabeth Wilson’s new work Playing with Fire: The Story of Maria Yudina, Pianist in Stalin’s Russia, which examines the life and legacy of the talented pianist.

Chronicling an epic life lived among an artistic community that seemed to thrive almost because of its oppression, Wilson draws a portrait of creativity in conflict amid desperate circumstances.

Read the book review.

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