• "One of the best biographies of Dmitri Shostakovich I have read"

    Maxim Shostakovich
  • "Compelling ... a portrait of a creative artist tormented and harried by the random assaults of Stalinism"

    Financial Times
  • "Persuasively argued and forceful ... A valid, politically driven reconsideration of the composer's works"

    New York Times Review of Books
  • "With passionate integrity, MacDonald fastidiously builds a case to rival the most compellingly labyrinthine detective investigation. Now the great music of Shostakovich will be heard anew"

  • "Much-needed - a very fascinating insight"

    Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys)