This is my favorite book. I've read it over and over again. Although it is a book about the horror of political repression under communism, it gives me great spiritual comfort, because it is a story of moral triumph.
To Build a Castle is the story of Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky. He was born in Russia during World War II, and he was raised to view Stalin as a benevolent God. But as a teenager, he learned the truth – that Stalin was a monster. The moral injury of this revelation defined Bukovsky's life.
Bukovsky has always said that the dissident movement was not a political movement, but a moral movement. He and his fellow dissidents lived moral lives in defiance of their society. They paid a terrible price for this, but they were successful in creating a moral order that no repression could destroy.
I have read many memoirs of political prisoners. This one is far and away my favorite. It is beautifully written and translated, filled with compelling stories, and surprisingly funny. It is a raw, personal book. It immerses you in the sorrow of the prison world, which only sharpens the joy of Bukovsky's triumphs.
I can't recommend this book highly enough.
- Hardcover: 438 pages
- Publisher: Viking (31 January 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670716405
- ISBN-13: 978-0670716401
- Package Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 4.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 726 g
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