Slava’s friend in the British Embassy

The Australian author Marie Dobbs, who has died at 91, was married to the press attaché at the British Embassy in Moscow from Stalin’s time to Brezhnev’s.

She made it her job to form contacts with artists and dissidents, among them Slava Rostropovich and Nadezhda Mandelstam, while gathering material for novels that she wrote under various names.

Fascinating obit here.

marie dobbs


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