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By turns enthralling and lyrical, Meaghan Delahunt's masterful novel weaves together a tapestry of history and fiction. Told from multiple points of view, this vividly imagined historical novel merges the story of Leon Trotsky's last days in Mexico, the turbulent years of revolution in Russia, and the shadowy lives of Josef Stalin and his inner circle.
In this ingenious reconstruction, Trotsky is seen in the period of his final exile, known to his intimates as El Viejo -- the Old Man -- a melancholy and driven soul whose life has been torn by three loves. The first is his faithful and vigilant wife, Natalia. The second is the alluring yet aloof painter Frida Kahlo, who takes Trotsky into her home. The last and greatest is the cause of world socialism to which Trotsky has dedicated his life. Boldly imagined flashbacks display the intensity and ruthlessness with which Trotsky, Stalin, and others carried out the Revolution of 1917 and took power afterward.
Delahunt's novel cuts smoothly across these various voices and their (sometimes) contradictory stories. Her method turns history into suspense, as each character's secrets and deceptions are revealed in gradual recollections. Breathtaking in its ambition and engaging in its portraits of Kahlo, Trotsky, and Stalin, In the Casa Azul rises to the occasion of its subject and with quiet assurance offers a captivating vision of some of the most compelling people and events of the 20th century. (Spring 2002 Selection)