Rachel Polonsky

Presentation of Polonsky's newly released book, "Molotov's Magic Lantern," which explores the people, places, and ideas from Russia's past.

Event Venue:

Idlewild Books
12 West 19th Street

Event Date:

January 12, 2011, 7:00 PM

Molotov's Magic Lantern: Travels in Russian History
Presentation of a newly released book

Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 7:00 PM

Molotov's Magic Lantern is an exploration through the history and locales of Russia led by British journalist and academic Rachel Polonsky. When Polonsky moved to Moscow, she landed in an apartment building on Romanov Lane that was once home to the Soviet elite. She is allowed into Vyacheslav Molotov's former apartment, still owned by his descendants, and still housing part of his personal library and a magic lantern. Polonsky uses the books in Molotov's collection as a jumping off point to explore the places, people, and ideas of Russia's past.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux will be publishing book in January of 2011.