Gardien de Camp – Review

Gardien de camp

Anthropologist Elisabeth Anstett and lecturer in Russian literature Luba Jurgenson have just published Dantsig Balldaev, Gardien de Camp. Tatouages et dessins du goulag analysing the tattoos and drawings of Dantsig Baldaev, a former officer of the Soviet Interior Ministry and long-time member of the prison institution. Following several years of data collection with inmates of Soviet prison camps, Baldaev sketched hundreds of designs over a 40 year period, raising many questions on this infamous historical institution.

The book has been reviewed in Les Inrocks which can be read (in french) here.

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