The Industry of Souls: A Novel

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Macmillan, Oct 6, 2000 - Fiction - 256 pages
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The remarkably powerful and critically acclaimed novel that was chosen as A New York Times Notable Book of 1999 and shortlisted for The Booker Prize

The Industry of Souls is the story of Alexander Bayliss, a British citizen arrested for spying in the Soviet Union in the early 1950's. Eventually freed from the gulag in the 1970's, he finds he has no reason to return to the West-he has become Russian in everything but birth.
Now, on the day of his 80th birthday, Russia has changed. Communism has evaporated. In the aftermath, information has come to light that Alex is still alive. This moving story weaves together the events of Alex's life, exploring this momentous day, his harrowing past in the camp and his life in the village. And it ends with his having to make a personal choice, perhaps for the first time in his life, and the climax is shattering.
 

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User Review  - Perednia - LibraryThing

A British man is mistakenly arrested and sentenced to life in a Siberian gulag. A beautiful story of the wonders of life and its odd ups and downs. Terribly under-appreciated. Read full review

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User Review  - FPdC - LibraryThing

This novel tells the story of an old englishman, once a spy, a gulag prisoner for a quarter century, now living in a small village somewhere in Russia. Enjoyable, although not exactly a great book... Read full review

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Contents

I
7
II
23
III
49
IV
73
V
113
VI
139
VII
165
VIII
187
IX
203
X
219
XI
245
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Martin Booth's most recent nonfiction books include Opium: A History and The Doctor and The Detective. He lives in England.

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