Thomas Keneally The People's Train

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Artem Samsurov, a charismatic protégé of Lenin and an ardent socialist, reaches sanctuary in Australia after escaping his Siberian labour camp and making a long, perilous journey via Japan. But Brisbane in 1911 turns out not to be quite the workers' paradise he was expecting, or the bickering local Russian émigrés a model of brotherhood. As Artem helps organise a strike and gets dangerously entangled in the death of another exile, he discovers that corruption, repression and injustice are almost as prevalent in Brisbane as at home. Yet he finds fellow spirits in a fiery old suffragette and a distractingly attractive married woman, who undermines his belief that a revolutionary cannot spare the time for relationships. When the revolution dawns and he returns to Russia, will his ideals hold true?

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Thomas Keneally is renowned as the author of Schindler's List, which was awarded the Booker Prize and made into an Academy Award-winning film by Steven Spielberg. His latest work is The Great Shame, a narrative history of the Irish diaspora. He is author of more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction and is one of Australia's leading literary figures. He lives in Sydney.

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Keneally's historical novel is neatly broken in two, a structure that requires David Tredinnick to give voice to two distinct narrators. In the first half, Artem Samsurov, a Bolshevik escapee from Tsarist Russia and an intimate of Lenin, makes his way to Brisbane. There he embroils himself in the Australian labor movement, which is undone in the patriotic fervor of WWI. In the second half, Paddy Dykes, an Australian working-class journalist, accompanies his friend Samsurov back to Russia in time to witness firsthand the momentous events of October 1917. Tredinnick undertakes a convincing and enchanting Russian accent for the Samsurov section and an equally companionable Australian accent for Dykes. The voices are quite different,yet Tredinnick portrays characteristics that both men have in common: enormous zest, decency, and idealism transplanted to foreign shores. M.O. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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