Requiem for a Lost Empire: A Novel
A nameless, orphaned Russian army doctor is the narrator of Requiem for a Lost Empire, an epic novel that traces three generations of a Russian family through the turbulent political struggles of the twentieth century.
Spanning eight decades --from the October Revolution of 1917 to the Cold War to the fall of Communism --the book follows the narrator's grand-father, Nikolai, a Red Army deserter who seeks peace and isolation in a remote forest village. Years later, his son Pavel will fight in World War II, become a KGB spy, and, like Nikolai, return to his native Caucasus in a vain attempt to escape the increasing tyrannies of the postwar Soviet era. It is here, amidst the raging warfare, espionage, and crushing poverty, where our narrator is born. Sweeping in its scope and heartbreaking in its truths, Requiem for a Lost Empire is both a harrowing history of the Soviet Union and a loving tribute to the fortitude of its people.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TheAmpersand - LibraryThing
"Requiem for a Lost Empire" is, if nothing else, aptly named. It's narrated sometime in the early nineteen nineties by a Russian doctor, a veteran of various unnamed proxy wars, who was raised an ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Clara53 - LibraryThing
As far as contents, a most difficult book to read, poignant, soul-wrenching but so true to life in all respects... And I shall never think about any war (and one in particular) in the same way again ... Read full review