Index magazine talks shadows, spectres and socialism
Margaret Atwood, BG Muhn, Hamid Ismailov and Susan Reed chat to the Index Magazine podcast
19 Jun 2017
BY KIERAN ETORIA-KING
In the Summer 2017 issue of Index on Censorship, our special report looks at how the consequences of the Russian Revolution have affected freedom of speech around the world, 100 years later.
On this podcast, the British Library’s Susan Reed explains why 1917 is such a pivotal event in 20th century history, before North Korea expert BG Muhn discusses the unique, Soviet-inspired socialist realism art produced by one of the last remaining communist dictatorships, while the Uzbek writer Hamid Ismailov, in exile since 1992, muses on his government’s Soviet hangover and disdain for his work. Plus, Margaret Atwood gives her thoughts on the growing trend in Western countries of scientists being prevented from communicating inconvenient data to the public.
You can read Atwood’s full interview in the magazine, along with pieces by Muhn and Ismailov.
Kieran Etoria-King is editorial assistant at Index on Censorship. He graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in July 2015. He is the 2016 recipient of the Liverpool John Moores University Tim Hetherington Fellowship. He has previously written for The Independent and The Voice.