Search for a key by Walter Duranty

Search for a key by Walter Duranty – a novel based on his life, but has quite a few details fictionalised. I read it for my studies, it is not a book easy to get and it doesn’t seem to be particularly interesting either. While that might sound harshly, it’s just that the book is not engaging enough, especially for fiction. It’s not bad, thus the 3 stars of the “meh” category.

Search for a key by Walter Duranty

The book follows his life and love story with a russian woman, which is the fictionalised part. He had a mistress and a son while he was in moscow, but this story is very different. Knowing biographical details while reading the book makes it more interesting, that’s for sure.

Not a long review, as I am behind my schedule, and also because my copy had to be ordered from US at great expense (bought by my university which I am very thankful for, as it’s a book I mention in my dissertation).

Search for a key by Walter Duranty

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My rating: 3/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes-ish, although unlikely to be easily found, at least in UK
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Year it was published: 1943
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): Fiction
Pages: 313

About the author: Walter Duranty was a British-American journalist, born in Liverpool in 1884. He died in 1957 in US. He worked as moscow bureau chief of The New York Times for fourteen years from 1921. In 1932, Duranty received a Pulitzer Prize for a series of reports about the Soviet Union, eleven of which were published in June 1931 and 2 at the end of the year. He published a few books, both fiction and non-fiction.
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