Comrade Huppert: A Poet In Stalin's World

Hardcover | March 14, 2016

byGeorge Huppert

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After discovering the autobiography of the Austrian communist and writer Hugo Huppert (1902-1982), historian George Huppert became absorbed in the life and work of this man, a Jew, perhaps a relative, who was born a few months after George's father and grew up just miles away. Hugo seemed to embody a distinctly central European experience of his time, of people trapped between Hitler and Stalin. Using the unvarnished account found in Hugo's notebooks, George Huppert takes the reader on a tour of the writer's life from his provincial youth to his education and radicalization in Vienna; to Moscow where he meets Mayakovski and where he is imprisoned during Stalin's purges; through the difficult war years and return to Vienna; to his further struggles with the communist party and his blossoming as a writer in the 1950s. Through all the twists and turns of this story, George remains a faithful presence, guiding the way and placing Hugo's remarkable life in context. Comrade Huppert is a story of displacement and exile, the price of party loyalty, and the toll of war and terror on the mind of this emblematic figure.

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After discovering the autobiography of the Austrian communist and writer Hugo Huppert (1902-1982), historian George Huppert became absorbed in the life and work of this man, a Jew, perhaps a relative, who was born a few months after George's father and grew up just miles away. Hugo seemed to embody a distinctly central European experie...

George Huppert is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of several books, including The Idea of Perfect History: Historical Erudition and Historical Philosophy in Renaissance France; The Style of Paris: Renaissance Origins of the French Enlightenment (IUP, 1999); After the Black Death: A Soci...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:March 14, 2016Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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"Comrade Huppert is a very interesting and complicated figure--and that is why this little book is such a fascinating read. Known in Germany and Austria as the translator of Mayakovski and as a specialist in Russian expressionist literature, Huppert is representative of those intellectuals who joined the communist movement after World War I and became involved in party history and conflicts during the Stalin era, before finishing on this or that side of the line after World War II.... A study of a true believer, caught between his Austrian-Jewish origins and his communist world view, his acquired Russian identity and his literary ambitions, his illusions and the world he encountered." -Peter Schöttler, Free University Berlin