The Revolution of Marina M.

The Revolution of Marina M.

by Janet Fitch


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From the mega-bestselling author of White Oleander and Paint It Black, a sweeping historical saga of the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of one young woman

One of Entertainment Weekly's Must-Read Books of Fall 2017
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St. Petersburg, New Year's Eve, 1916. Marina Makarova is a young woman of privilege who aches to break free of the constraints of her genteel life, a life about to be violently upended by the vast forces of history. Swept up on these tides, Marina will join the marches for workers' rights, fall in love with a radical young poet, and betray everything she holds dear, before being betrayed in turn.

As her country goes through almost unimaginable upheaval, Marina's own coming-of-age unfolds, marked by deep passion and devastating loss, and the private heroism of an ordinary woman living through extraordinary times. This is the epic, mesmerizing story of one indomitable woman's journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316022071
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Series: A Novel Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 816
Sales rank: 73,149
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Janet Fitch's first novel, White Oleander, a #1 bestseller and Oprah's Book Club selection, has been translated into 24 languages and was made into a feature film. Her most recent novel, Paint It Black, hit bestseller lists across the country and has also been made into a film. She lives in Los Angeles.

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The Revolution of Marina M. 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give, reluctantly, 1 Star to The Revolution of Marina M: the sex scenes are too much for me. I know that Jared Fogle would greatly appreciate the graphic sex scenes with 16 year old Marina. I didn't. Not everything should be expressed, no matter how skillful the author is at expressing it. I suppose I am an old fuddy duddy. I think the movie Clockwork Orange is a vile, misogynist "snuff" film. And this is a sad and literal fact: somewhere, violent sex perverts are masturbating to the shower scene in Psycho as you read this. They are going to do this anyway, perhaps, but why be their Lewinsky by producing such filth? The book is wonderful at first: a vivid portrait of Petrograd on the verge of cataclysm. The author crafts the scene with locations, weather, even smells. Except for the sex scenes, I thought this was one great book - for the first couple of hundred pages. Then the book turns into more like a series of Star Trek episodes then a novel. Marina beams over to the sadistic Arkady, whose giant Lewinsky, the author gushes gratuitously, can stain far more than one blue dress. She crash lands at the Observatory, within walking distance of the pyre of Petrograd, burning like a holocaust. No one molests her, not Arkady, not the Cheka, not starving people desperate for food and shelter. Months after it would have happened on earth, rather than on whatever planet the author has placed the Observatory, everyone is arrested by the Secret Police. No problem. Marina is soon out of the execution cellars and into the bed of Varvara, her Bolshevik acquaintance and erstwhile Chekist interrogator. The author subjects us to a sex scene that is even more unlikely then all the others. The last episode describes Marina's sojourn with the "Ionians," a creepy cliché cult that everyone in the neighborhood knows about, but no one bothers. If there is one thing universally true of all socialist revolutions, it is that the Revolution bothers everyone. My review is harsher then I intended, but I don't see how to change it. The first few hundred pages are fantastic. The author is very adept at describing, reporting, and "fleshing out" a scene with sights, sounds, smells, the feel of love, of fear, of cold, of dampness, of snow, of mud, of blood trickling down your back. I think the author has real talent. I still plan to read the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love Russian history you will enjoy this book. It was hard to put down.