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Midnight in the century

Author: Victor Serge; Richard Greeman
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, [2014] ©1981
Series: New York Review Books classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1933, Victor Serge was arrested by Stalin's police, interrogated, and held in solitary confinement for more than eighty days. Released, he spent two years in exile in remote Orenburg. These experiences were the inspiration for Midnight in the Century, Serge's novel about revolutionaries living in the shadow of Stalin's betrayal of the revolution. Among the exiles -- true believers in a cause that no longer exists  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Biographical fiction
War fiction
War stories
Fiction
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Serge, Victor, 1890-1947.
Midnight in the century.
New York : New York Review Books, [2014]
(DLC) 2014014590
Named Person: Joseph Stalin; Joseph Stalin
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Victor Serge; Richard Greeman
ISBN: 9781590177709 1590177703
OCLC Number: 873984999
Description: 229 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: New York Review Books classics.
Other Titles: S'il est minuit dans le siècle.
Responsibility: Victor Serge ; translated from the French and with an introduction by Richard Greeman.

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In 1933, Victor Serge was arrested by Stalin's police, interrogated, and held in solitary confinement for more than eighty days. Released, he spent two years in exile in remote Orenburg. These experiences were the inspiration for Midnight in the Century, Serge's novel about revolutionaries living in the shadow of Stalin's betrayal of the revolution. Among the exiles -- true believers in a cause that no longer exists -- gathered in the town of Chenor, or Black Waters, are the granite-faced old Bolshevik Ryzhik, stoic yet gentle Varvara, and Rodion, a young, self-educated worker who is trying to make sense of the world and history. They struggle in the unlikely company of Russian Orthodox Old Believers who are also suffering for their faith. Against unbelievable odds, the young Rodion will escape captivity and find a new life in the wild. Surviving the dark winter night of the soul, he rediscovers the only real, and most radical, form of resistance: hope.

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