By John McPhee
In the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies, an American professor of Soviet economics forayed on his personal within the Soviet Union, acquired the paintings of underground "unofficial" artists, and taken it out himself or prepared to have it illegally shipped to the USA. Norton sidestep visited the flats of unofficial artists in a minimum of a dozen geographically scattered towns. by means of 1977, he had one thousand artistic endeavors. His final window of curiosity concerned the years from 1956 to 1986, and during his demonstrated contacts he finally bought one other 8 thousand works―by a long way the most important selection of its sort.
John McPhee investigates Dodge's clandestine actions within the carrier of dissident Soviet paintings, his explanations for his paintings, and the fates of numerous of the artists whose lives he touched. The Ransom of Russian Art is a suspenseful, chilling, and engaging document on a covert operation like no different. It bargains extraordinary perception into Soviet tradition on the breaking point of the Union's collapse.