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Dwight GarnerMr. Priestland pays rapt and fascinating attention to the artists—the writers, painters, playwrights, comedians and film directors—whose work was inspired by, or more often forged in revolt against, communism. The Red Flag contains small, excellent disquisitions on works by Bertolt Brecht, Isaak Babel, Sergei Eisenstein, Milan Kundera and many others. Mr. Priestland might have pushed his book, profitably, even further in this direction. The Red Flag also captures…the early appeal and essential optimism of communism, at least as an abstract political idea.
—The New York Times