Winter in Moscow by Malcolm Muggeridge

The review for Winter in Moscow by Malcolm Muggeridge will be short, mainly because it is a book hard to find, published in mid-1930s, and I doubt there will be many readers interested in reading this book. Which is a shame because I liked the book and it offers a fascinating account of the soviets written by someone who worked in moscow as a foreign correspondent.

Winter in Moscow by Malcolm Muggeridge

Muggeridge was a true believer, he went to moscow thinking that he will remain there as he thought communism can be the answer for a better life. It might not surprise anyone who knows what communism really is that he stayed for a short period in moscow before moving back to England. He became a priest and an anti-communist. He was not the only one to have a change of heart after seeing what communism means in practice.

This book is a fictional account of the winter of 1932 in moscow, but some characters are really easy to recognise. Also, his stories are very close to events taking place at that time. Thus, this is a great primary source for historians which is why anyone reads this book today. As I said, that’s a bit of a shame because I enjoyed the book and, with it being fiction and short, it could have been a classic, widely read.

Winter in Moscow by Malcolm Muggeridge

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Little, Brown
Year it was published: 1934
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): Fiction
Pages: 247

About the author: Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge was an English journalist, author, media personality, and satirist. During World War II, he was a soldier and a spy. Started with pro-communist ideals before going to Moscow. In the aftermath of the war, as a hugely influential London journalist, he converted to Christianity and helped bring Mother Teresa to popular attention in the West. He was also a critic of the sexual revolution and of drug use.
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4 thoughts on “Winter in Moscow by Malcolm Muggeridge”

    • Thank you, that’s so nice of you to say.
      For me a book might be fascinating and also lovely to read, but unless someone is particularly interested in the subject they will not get it, even if it is nicely written. Some, like this one, could have been still in print, as lots of others are.

        • The 1930s books published in UK are very expensive in US and it’s the other way around of the books published in US.
          I was quoted a few hundred pounds for a book which was available only in US or Australia, for some reason. 😀

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