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Comrade Koba: A Novel

Comrade Koba: A Novel

by Robert Littell
Comrade Koba: A Novel

Comrade Koba: A Novel

by Robert Littell

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Overview

A tight, captivating story of a naive child’s encounters with a Soviet dictator, the 20th novel by Robert Littell
 
Leon Rozental—ten and a half, intellectually precocious, and possessing a disarming candor—is suddenly alone after the death of his nuclear physicist father and the arrest of his mother during the Stalinist purge of Jewish doctors. Now on his own and hiding from the NKVD in the secret rooms of the House on the Embankment, the massive building in Moscow where many Soviet officials and apparatchiks live and work, Leon starts to explore. One day, after following a passageway, Leon meets Koba, an old man whose apartment is protected by several guards. Koba is a high-ranking Soviet official with troubling insight into the thoughts and machinations of Comrade Stalin.

In this taut and layered novel, New York Times bestselling author Robert Littell deploys his deep knowledge of this complex period in Russian history and masterful talent for captivating storytelling to create a nuanced portrayal of the Soviet dictator, showing Stalin’s human side and his simultaneous total disregard for and ignorance of the suffering he inflicted on the Russian people. The charm and spontaneity of young Leon make him an irresistible narrator—and not unlike Holden Caulfield, whom he admits to identifying with—caught in the spider’s web of the story woven by this enigmatic old man.  
 


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647000035
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 11/10/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 507,274
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Robert Littell was born, raised, and educated in New York. A former Newsweek editor specializing in Soviet Affairs, he left journalism in 1970 to write fiction full time. He has been writing about the Soviet Union and Russians since his first novel, the espionage classic The Defection of A.J. Lewinter. He is the author of 18 novels, including the critically acclaimed The Debriefing, The Sisters, The Once and Future Spy, the New York Times bestselling The Company, and Legends.

Hometown:

Martel, France

Date of Birth:

January 8, 1935

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York

Education:

B.A., Alfred University, 1956

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