Eleanor Antin Conversations with Stalin

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Conversations with Stalin

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Eleanor Antin's coming-of-age memoir is a smart, no-holds-barred black comedy in the picaresque coming-of-age tradition of Holden Caulfield, Huck Finn, and the irrepressible Dorothy on the road to Oz. Her stand-up, punch, and inventive style allows her audiences to enjoy any or all of her "meetings" with Joseph Stalin in Central Park.


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Each of Conversations with Stalin’s sixteen anecdote-driven chapters ends in a blaze of magical realism, with protagonist “little Elly” having a rendezvous with the Soviet leader. [...] Performance artist that she is, Antin channels Stalinist jargon, from which she derives some moral lesson (or not) regarding her latest misadventure. It’s a fey conceit, but thanks to Antin’ unsentimental portrait of Elly, together with her faux-naïve ability to articulate Stalin’s logic and what might once have been called the party line, it’s actually pretty charming—as are the intermittent pen-and-ink drawings, which reinforce the sense of reading a parodic Popular Front children’s book. —J. Hoberman

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