By John McPhee
In the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, an American professor of Soviet economics forayed on his personal within the Soviet Union, got the paintings of underground "unofficial" artists, and taken it out himself or prepared to have it illegally shipped to the U.S.. Norton circumvent visited the flats of unofficial artists in a minimum of a dozen geographically scattered towns. via 1977, he had 1000 artistic endeavors. His final window of curiosity concerned the years from 1956 to 1986, and during his tested contacts he ultimately bought one other 8 thousand works―by a ways the most important selection of its type.
John McPhee investigates Dodge's clandestine actions within the carrier of dissident Soviet paintings, his factors for his paintings, and the fates of a number of of the artists whose lives he touched. The Ransom of Russian Art is a suspenseful, chilling, and interesting record on a covert operation like no different. It deals extraordinary perception into Soviet tradition on the verge of collapse of the Union's collapse.