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Commissariat of Enlightenment, the (2003) [Novel]
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Summary (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
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHistoricalEuropean20th Century
FictionGeneral FictionRegional Interest


  • Dedication: "For my parents"

Edition #1: The Commissariat of Enlightenment

The Commissariat of Enlightenment (2003)
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Language: English

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The Commissariat of Enlightenment (February 3, 2004)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 0060501391
Dimensions: 5.3 x 8 x 0.8
Pages: 304

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The Commissariat of Enlightenment: A Novel (January 2003)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Ecco
ISBN: 0060501367
Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.3 x 1.1 in
Pages: 304

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