Conspirator: Lenin in Exile

Conspirator: Lenin in Exile

by Helen Rappaport

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Helen Rappaport's Conspirator is a vivid account of Vladimir I. Lenin's years of exile in Europe, showing that this often-overlooked period shaped the life of one of the 20th century's most important figures. In the years leading up to the Russian Revolution, Lenin traveled between the capital cities of Europe, developing a complex network of collaborators and co-conspirators that would play a significant role in the struggle to come. Rappaport sheds a rare light onto Lenin's early life, describing his relationship with his wife, Nadezhda Krupskaya, and his extraordinary and unexpected love affair with beautiful activist Inessa Armand. In a riveting narrative, Conspirator describes the courage and the comedy, the setbacks, schisms and disappointments, the extreme persistence and the ruthless dedication that carried Lenin and his colleagues along the inexorable path to the Russian Revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465028597
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 648,081
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Helen Rappaport is a fluent Russian speaker and a specialist in Russian history. In 2002 she was Russian consultant to the National Theater's Tom Stoppard trilogy, The Coast of Utopia, and translated many plays by Chekhov. She is most recently the author of The Last Days of the Romanovs. She lives in Oxford, England.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Shlisselburg Fortress, 1887 1

1 Leaving Shushenskoe 9

2 Igniting the Spark 27

3 Konspiratsiya 45

4 Becoming Lenin 61

5 Dr. and Mrs. Richter 69

6 "The Dirty Squabble Abroad" 87

7 "Strong Talk and Weak Tea" 101

8 "On the Eve of Barricades" 117

9 Stolypin's Neckties 137

10 "The Congress of Undesirables" 151

11 On Thin Ice 171

12 "Why the Hell Did We Go to Paris?" 189

13 Inessa 207

14 "Almost Russia" 225

15 A Russian Spy in Galicia 245

16 "This Damned Switzerland" 257

17 "One Fighting Campaign After Another" 269

18 From the Spiegelgasse to the Finland Station 283

Epilogue: Good-bye Lenin 303

Acknowledgments 317

Notes 321

Bibliography 357

Index 371

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