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Archangel

Robert Harris

ISBN 10: 0754021955 / ISBN 13: 9780754021957
Published by Jove Publications, Inc., 2000
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Title: Archangel

Publisher: Jove Publications, Inc.

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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The murderous search for Josef Stalin's personal notebook takes an American professor to the vast forests of northern Russia, where Stalin's final, shocking secret waits to be discovered...

"A gratifying reminder that it is possible to write popular fiction with intelligence and grace."--The Washington Post

"His best plotted and most absorbing."--Philadelphia Inquirer

"Beautifully blends fact and fiction."--Chicago Tribune

"Intriguing."--USA Today

"A MASTER...at his best."--Time

"Sizzling."--Newsweek

"POWERFUL...will keep you on edge."--New York Times

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Archangel is a remarkably literate novel--and simultaneously a gripping thriller--that explores the lingering presence of Stalin amidst the corruption of modern-day Russia. Robert Harris (whose previous works include Enigma and Fatherland) elevates his tale by choosing a narrator with an outsider's perspective but an insider's knowledge of Soviet history: Fluke Kelso, a middle-aged scholar of Soviet Communism with a special interest in the dark secrets of Joseph Stalin. For years, rumors have circulated about a notebook that the aging dictator kept in his final years. In a chance encounter in Moscow, Kelso meets Papu Rapava, a former NKVD guard who claims that he was at Stalin's deathbed and says that he assisted Politburo member Beria in hiding the black oilskin notebook just as Stalin was passing. Before Kelso can get more details, Rapava disappears, but the scholar is energized by the evidence Rapava has provided. As Kelso begins to pursue his historical prize, however, his investigation ensnares him in a living web of Stalinist terror and murder. It soon becomes clear that the notebook is the key to a doorway hiding many secrets, old and new.

Harris's understanding of Soviet and modern Russian is impressive. The novel rests on a seamless blend of fact and fiction that places real figures from Soviet history alongside Kelso and his fictional colleagues. Especially disturbing are the transcripts from interrogations and the excerpt from Kelso's lectures on Stalin; the documents provide chilling evidence to support Kelso's claim: "There can now be no doubt that it is Stalin rather than Hitler who is the most alarming figure of the twentieth century." --Patrick O'Kelley

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