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Recommended by a Russian pen pal for Dumbrovsky s writing and his telling of historical fiction, I found this book impossible to put down Lyrical and detailed, it transported me completely to Alma Ata, Kazakhstan, in the late 1930s on the eve of one of Stalin s terrors With a wry humor that if anything highlights the harsh absurdities of Soviet life, the narrator tells a story of an archaeologist and writer working in the town s museum with wit and grace Highly recommended. ,. The Keeper of Antiquities was an interesting, yet flawed book I really enjoyed the main character and the atmosphere of bureaucratic paranoia Moreover, it was occasionally funny The very idea of a museum keeper who does his best to avoid collecting artifacts was hilarious for me.However, the book could have used another edit Sometimes personality traits are directly contradictory For example, one character is described as being uniformed and always asking the wrong questions Later he is de The Keeper of Antiquities was an interesting, yet flawed book I really enjoyed the main character and the atmosphere of bureaucratic paranoia Moreover, it was occasionally funny The very idea of a museum keeper who does his best to avoid collecting artifacts was hilarious for me.However, the book could have used another edit Sometimes personality traits are directly contradictory For example, one character is described as being uniformed and always asking the wrong questions Later he is described as intelligent and continually learning through asking good questions The ending also felt rushed, as if it petered out rather than concluded Given the way the main character acted, I was confident that a different ending was supposed to have be written.There was also a complete misunderstanding of Nietzsche Perhaps it was a demonstration of ignorance by the main character, but I can also see it as the fault of the writer This especially pissed me off since Nietzsche promoted the exact opposite of what was proposed in this book Its stuff like this that makes me wish it was editedcarefully.And although not a criticism of the writer, I found the back of the book description to be both interesting and misleading Although there was a control over truth, the fight was over the dissemination of knowledge, rather than over the meaning of the past The enemy was not any one person, but entity of the Soviet government overall The Chief Librarian was a small enemy, andof a representation of the Soviet entity, rather than anything in their own right, in my opinion.Although I cannot recommend, the peak into Soviet era secret police was worth it Heartbroken that he wrote only two novels i m obsessed with his writing and life. Fascinating and horrifying book about the Soviet labour camps The Keeper of Antiquities is simultaneously one of the great Russian modern novels and a key to understanding the terrible Stalinist purges of the late s Set far from Moscow in the remote Kazakhstan capital of Alma Ata, The Keeper of Antiquities begins with a leisurely, almost scholarly air like a devious story by Borges But very soon we find ourselves watching with horror as professional rivalry between the keeper of the town s museum and the chief librarian turns into a deadly struggle for control over the meaning of the past and therefore over the presentWhile Dombrovsky does not have the wit, the suave cynicism of Bulgakov, he is or was immensely drawn to the tragi comic potential of the bureaucratic flap, endemically Russian Water boils drearily for tea in noisily peopled conferences lank jawed, heavily smoking females whine and bark in outrage minor officials threaten and soothe mass grievances are unburdened The narrator is an open hearted, straightforward young man with the title of Keeper of Antiquities in the archaeological section of a museum in rural Soviet Central Asia The Keeper is moderately happy in his eyrie of catalogues and modest displays, sharing varieties of pickling alcohol with an earthy old carpenter and enjoying a secret hoard of carnival views of Beauties of the World in their natural state His aim is to go quietly on his way without interfering with anybody But Your business is history to prove and demonstrate, and there is no escape An attempt to improve the local library by a critical comment the friendship with a collective brigade leader whose brother was shot unjustly as a traitor the defense of a young archaeologist fired by the library all forbode disaster The keeper of pristine truths unsullied by expedient exploitation thinks of flight, but in the end simply waits for the closing in of history, party style A spirited, often anguished, indictment of mindless officialdom wherever it appears