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No of Pages: 192
RRP: 26.95
ISBN Print: 1 876040 46 7

Notes from the Esplanade

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Based on real characters, this novel is about a young Leningrad intellectual acquiring intellectual and artistic maturity in the process of writing a novel about Einstein. The idea for the novel was pressed on him by the theatre director, Rubin. In the early eighties Rubin, the only pupil of the Russian revolutionary theatre director Meyerhold to survive the purges, is a living icon. Rubin belongs to the epoch of Eisenstein, Malevich and Tatlin, when people wanted to change the world and revolution in politics and art was a mind-set. During the writing process the narrator realises that he has become a closet historiographer of his country’s catastrophe, which began with an explosion of savage creative energy and ended in stagnation. Finally, Rubin’s death foreshadows the end of the Soviet epoch, which turned out to be, as Rubin himself would have said, a performance, demanding brilliant actors, but played by madmen, victims and executioners.

Translated from Russian by Rae Mathew

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