Because he is born illegitimate, Friedrich Kargan lacks even a social identity. Moving to Vienna, he becomes involved both in revolutionary agitation and a love affair. Caught by the authorities on his first trip to Russia, he endures a Siberian interlude before escaping. Moving among various plotters and underground cabals across Europe, he eventually returns to Russia after the February Revolution. He becomes leader of the Red Army but comes to realize during the civil war that the revolution seems to be over before it has begun: the cause has been betrayed, yesterday's proletariat has become today's bourgeoisie. Exile might offer the only solution.
Original title: Der stumme Prophet
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European