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Robert Conquest and the Whisper of History

Even when he was well, and merely old instead of ancient, Robert Conquest spoke in a whisper. It could be awkward if you were sitting beside him at a crowded lunch-table where the general talk was going at full steam. A confidence from Bob would effectively take you out of the conversation. It was always worth it, though. Often it turned out that what he was telling you was something that Czeslaw Milosz had told him. Or perhaps it had been John Foster Dulles. Bob, even when much younger, had always been alive for a long time, and there was…

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