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A conspiracy unfolds against the backdrop of the show trials and purges of Stalin's Russia in this novel, available in English for the first time in 20 years.
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One of the great 20th-Century Russian novels…there are extraordinary passages of natural description, a beauty that defies what takes place within it.
— Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian
The brilliance of his novel utterly ineluctable as it sweeps across 1930’s Europe from the gulags to the Kremlin, to Paris and to Barcelona.
— The Times (London)
The Case of Comrade Tulayev is gritty and rough, saturated in the squalor of Moscow life; but it also pulses with lyrical flights that take us up into the stars, which represent for Serge the regenerative, transformative moments the History promises but has yet to deliver. Tulayev is infused with mysticism; it is a work of cosmic longing, as if Serge is turning to the eternity of the universe itself to avoid the utter despair right in front of his face.
— Matthew Price, Bookforum
It is a protest novel no less significant and no more dated than Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. These novels recreate the feel of daily existence years ago, animate the history texts, and give readers an irreplaceable personal perspective. Books like these ensure the past is not forgotten….The quality of life depicted in The Case of Comrade Tulayev showed why the Stalinist monolith could not endure.
— Joe Auciello, Socialist Action
Given the standard of fortitude, and given the contempt Serge always felt for Stalin’s collaborators, a remarkable feature of The Case of Comrade Tulayev is its chiaroscuro….That Serge intended no lenience here we may be sure, but we may likewise be sure that he would never have swallowed the later euphemisms and half-truths of Khrushchev, putting blame for all the enormities of an epoch on the evil of a single individual.
— Christopher Hitchens, The Atlantic Monthly
Serge can recognize the range of experience and responses that make up the texture of life in even the most nightmarishly repressive system.
— Scott McLemee
It is the height of Stalin's paranoia, show trials and terror. Neighbours Romachkin and Kostia hold menial positions and suffer the drudgery poverty and terror of the times. Read morePublished 4 months ago by An admirer of Saul
A wonderful book written by an astute recorder of the Stalin years.Published 7 months ago by Owen Dimock
A good read that reveals a world devoid of freedom.
Recommended for all who want to read a more complex work than 1984 or Darkness at Noon.
Required reading for those few remaining souls who still cannot fathom the depth of Stalin's murderous paranoia. Tedious and telling.Published 17 months ago by william f. wasley
From Prof Adam Morton @ University of Sydney "On Victor Serge and the Journey into Defeat: The Case of Comrade Tulayev"
I can add little to what are some excellent reviews,but must agree that it is difficult to know why this work is less well known than other works by... Read morePublished 19 months ago by S.R.H
This novel deserves the same recognition as "Darkness at Noon." Like Solzhenitsyn's novels, while based on actual events, it gives the reader a unique chance to live... Read morePublished 20 months ago by John Desmond
I felt deeply touched by the story, the plot in itself, the description of the different male characters of high political ranking, of their deep fear of being public
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