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The Stalin Epigram

The Stalin Epigram
Robert Littell
Price: £
8.99
  • eBook
Published: 
19 May 2011
ISBN: 
9780715642696
Pages: 
304
Genre: 
  • Fiction
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Moscow, 1934. As thousands of peasant famers starve under Stalin's regime of collectivisation, Osip Mandelstam, perhaps the greatest Russian poet of the twentieth century, defies the Kremlin with a few short, audacious lines of verse — a searing indictment of Stalin secretly recited to a handful of friends and fellow artists. When a transcript of the work falls into the hands of the secret police, the poet is taken from his home to Lubyanka prison under accusations of counter-revolutionary activities that carry the highest penalty, and his fate — as well as the fates of those close to him — is cast into bleak uncertainty.

A fictional portrait based on a riveting historical episode, The Stalin Epigram is narrated in turn by Mandelstam himself, his devoted wife and his great friends, the poets Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova, amongst other vividly imagined characters. A gripping and memorable achievement of rigorous research and extraordinary empathy, bestselling author Robert Littell's latest novel is a compelling testament to human courage and endurance.

Reviews

'A tremendous atmosphere of despairing suspense is created immediately and sustained almost unbearably until the final pages' Guardian

'A wonderful and compelling read about power, poetry, love, literature, terror and Russia' Simon Sebag Montefiore

'Profoundly informed, incredibly suspenseful and heartbreaking' Martin Cruz Smith

‘Littell’s version is a swift and engaging piece of fiction...entertaining, well-researched’ TLS

 

Robert Littell

About Robert Littell

Robert Littell is the author of seventeen previous novels, most recently Young Philby. He has been hailed as ‘The best American spy writer currently at work’ (Daily Telegraph), and he has been awarded both the CWA Gold Dagger (for his debut, The Defection of AJ Lewinter) and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his fiction. His novel The Company was a New York Times bestseller and was adapted into a television miniseries in 2007, produced by Ridley Scott. He lives in France.

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The Stalin Epigram

The Stalin Epigram
Robert Littell
Price: £
8.99
  • Paperback
Published: 
19 May 2011
ISBN: 
9780715640739
Pages: 
304
Genre: 
  • Fiction
Available from:

Moscow, 1934. As thousands of peasant famers starve under Stalin's regime of collectivisation, Osip Mandelstam, perhaps the greatest Russian poet of the twentieth century, defies the Kremlin with a few short, audacious lines of verse — a searing indictment of Stalin secretly recited to a handful of friends and fellow artists. When a transcript of the work falls into the hands of the secret police, the poet is taken from his home to Lubyanka prison under accusations of counter-revolutionary activities that carry the highest penalty, and his fate — as well as the fates of those close to him — is cast into bleak uncertainty.

A fictional portrait based on a riveting historical episode, The Stalin Epigram is narrated in turn by Mandelstam himself, his devoted wife and his great friends, the poets Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova, amongst other vividly imagined characters. A gripping and memorable achievement of rigorous research and extraordinary empathy, bestselling author Robert Littell's latest novel is a compelling testament to human courage and endurance.

Reviews

'A tremendous atmosphere of despairing suspense is created immediately and sustained almost unbearably until the final pages' Guardian

'A wonderful and compelling read about power, poetry, love, literature, terror and Russia' Simon Sebag Montefiore

'Profoundly informed, incredibly suspenseful and heartbreaking' Martin Cruz Smith

‘Littell’s version is a swift and engaging piece of fiction...entertaining, well-researched’ TLS

Robert Littell

About Robert Littell

Robert Littell is the author of seventeen previous novels, most recently Young Philby. He has been hailed as ‘The best American spy writer currently at work’ (Daily Telegraph), and he has been awarded both the CWA Gold Dagger (for his debut, The Defection of AJ Lewinter) and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his fiction. His novel The Company was a New York Times bestseller and was adapted into a television miniseries in 2007, produced by Ridley Scott. He lives in France.

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The Stalin Epigram

The Stalin Epigram
Robert Littell
Price: £
16.99
  • Hardback
Published: 
13 May 2010
ISBN: 
9780715639030
Pages: 
304
Genre: 
  • Fiction
Available from:

Moscow, 1934. As thousands of peasant famers starve under Stalin's regime of collectivisation, Osip Mandelstam, perhaps the greatest Russian poet of the twentieth century, defies the Kremlin with a few short, audacious lines of verse - a searing indictment of Stalin secretly recited to a handful of friends and fellow artists. When a transcript of the work falls into the hands of the secret police, the poet is taken from his home to Lubyanka prison under accusations of counter-revolutionary activities that carry the highest penalty, and his fate - as well as the fates of those close to him - is cast into bleak uncertainty.

A fictional portrait based on a riveting historical episode, The Stalin Epigram is narrated in turn by Mandelstam himself, his devoted wife and his great friends the poets Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova, amongst other vividly imagined characters. A gripping and memorable achievement of rigorous research and extraordinary empathy, bestselling author Robert Littell's latest novel is a compelling testament to human courage and endurance.

Reviews

'A tremendous atmosphere of despairing suspense is created immediately and sustained almost unbearably until the final pages' Guardian

'A wonderful and compelling read about power, poetry, love, literature, terror and Russia' Simon Sebag Montefiore

'Profoundly informed, incredibly suspenseful and heartbreaking' Martin Cruz Smith

‘Littell’s version is a swift and engaging piece of fiction...entertaining, well-researched’ TLS

Robert Littell

About Robert Littell

Robert Littell is the author of seventeen previous novels, most recently Young Philby. He has been hailed as ‘The best American spy writer currently at work’ (Daily Telegraph), and he has been awarded both the CWA Gold Dagger (for his debut, The Defection of AJ Lewinter) and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his fiction. His novel The Company was a New York Times bestseller and was adapted into a television miniseries in 2007, produced by Ridley Scott. He lives in France.

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