The Commissar Vanishes

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This article is about the book. For the man commonly referred to as the "Vanishing Commissar", see Nikolai Yezhov.
The Commissar Vanishes
The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin's Russia
Author David King
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject art, history
Publisher Canongate Books Ltd (United Kingdom)
Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt (United States)
Publication date
October 1997
Pages 192
ISBN 978-0-86241-724-6
OCLC 59592918
Music for David King's Book
The Commissar Vanishes
The Fall of Icarus
Studio album by Michael Nyman
Released 8 November 1999 (United Kingdom)
November 18, 1999 (United States)
Genre Contemporary classical, minimalism
Label Virgin Venture, EMI
Michael Nyman chronology
The Commissar Vanishes
Nabbie's Love

The Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin's Russia is a 1997 book by David King about the censoring of photographs in Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union through silent alteration via airbrushing and other techniques. It has an introduction by Stephen F. Cohen.[1]

Michael Nyman created a companion album of the same title in 1999. The second disc of the two-disc album contains The Fall of Icarus, the score to an eponymous art installation by Peter Greenaway from 1986 which had previously been unreleased. The first disc, The Commissar Vanishes, is a version of The Fall of Icarus that has been defaced similarly to the photographs reproduced in King's book.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1: The Commissar Vanishes

  1. Earth In Turmoil
  2. Jealousy And Revenge
  3. Look Out For An Enemy!
  4. Ordinary Citizens
  5. A Swift Exit

Disc: 2: The Fall of Icarus

  1. Disaster
  2. Wings
  3. Walls
  4. Water
  5. Utopia


  1. ^ The Commissar Vanishes: Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin’s Russia Reviewed by Tamara Machmut-Jhashi (Oakland University). Published on H-Russia (November, 1998)

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