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By Victor Serge

One chilly Moscow evening, Comrade Tulayev, a excessive govt professional, is shot lifeless in the street, and the quest for the killer starts off. during this panoramic imaginative and prescient of the Soviet nice Terror, the research leads around the globe, netting an entire sequence of suspects whose basically connection is their innocence—at least of the crime of which they stand accused. But The Case of Comrade Tulayev, surely the best paintings of fiction ever written in regards to the Stalinist purges, is not only a narrative of a totalitarian nation. Marked by means of the deep humanity and beneficiant spirit of its writer, the mythical anarchist and exile Victor Serge, it's also a vintage twentieth-century story of possibility, event, and unforeseen the Aristocracy to set beside Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls and André Malraux's Man's Fate.

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He never went out, he was so neat and clean — a real petit bourgeois, living there alone with his geraniums, his gray-paper-bound books, his portraits of great men: Ibsen, who said that the solitary man is the strongest man; Mechnikov, who enlarged the boundaries of life; Darwin, who proved that animals of the same species do not eat each other; Knut Hamsun, because he spoke for the hungry and loved the forest. Romachkin still wore old coats made in the days of the war that preceded the revolution that preceded the Civil War — in the days when the world swarmed with inoffensive and frightened Romachkins.

SUSAN SONTAG THE CASE OF COMRADE TULAYEV This novel belongs entirely to the domain of literary fiction. The truth created by the novelist cannot be confounded, in any degree whatever, with the truth of the historian or the chronicler. Any attempt to establish a precise connection between characters or episodes in this book and known historical personages and events would therefore be without justification. S. 1. Comets Are Born at Night For several weeks Kostia had been thinking about buying a pair of shoes.

In contrast, Kostia is full of feeling, and his acte gratuit is both sincere and irrational: his awareness of the iniquity of the Soviet system acts through him. However, the unlimited violence of the system makes his act of violence impossible to avow. ” Truth, including a true confession, has no place in the kind of tyranny that the revolution has become. To assassinate a tyrant is an accomplishment that may evoke Serge’s anarchist past, and Trotsky was not entirely wrong when he accused Serge of being more anarchist than Marxist.

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