(From the publisher):
Russia, 1910. Leo Tolstoy lies dying in Astapovo, a remote railway station. Members of the press from around the world have descended upon this sleepy hamlet to record his passing for a public suddenly ravenous for celebrity news. They have been joined by a film company whose cinematographer, Nikolai Gribshin, is capturing the extraordinary scene and learning how to wield his camera as a political tool. At this historic moment he comes across two men -- the scientist, Professor Vorobev, and the revolutionist, Joseph Stalin -- who have radical, mysterious plans for the future. Soon they will accompany him on a long, cold march through an era of brutality and absurdity.
Original title: The Commissariat of Enlightenment
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ 20th Century
Fiction→ Historical→ European→ Russia
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Regional Interest
- Dedication: "For my parents"