(From the publisher):
The Industry of Souls
is the story of Alexander Bayliss, a British citizen who was wrongfully arrested for espionage by the KGB in the 1950s and was sentenced to 25 years of hard labor in the work camps of Siberia. Eventually freed in the 1970s, he decides not to return to the West - a world he barely remembers and to which he no longer belongs - and instead finds his way to a small Russian village where he becomes a much beloved schoolmaster.
Now, on the day of his 80th birthday, communism has evaporated and Russia is changed. This moving story weaves from this momentous day to his harrowing past in the camp and his life in the village. And in the end, he is presented with a choice, perhaps for the first time in his life...
Original title: The Industry of Souls
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction
Fiction→ Historical→ European→ Russia