Flames of Heaven
A novel years ahead of its time, set in the final days of the Soviet Union and heralding the birth of the new Russia, this dark but finally transcendent novel proved controversial when first issued in the United States, but went on to sell out multiple editions in Russia and the states of Eastern Europe, where it was considered the finest and most accurate novel written by anyone about the human tragedies and triumphs at the end of the communist empire. Flames of Heaven follows the intertwined fates of a cynical artist squandering his talent, a failed-idealist veteran of Afghanistan, a stunning Central Asian beauty, and a young woman for whom religious faith is her only certainty. This is one of the enduring novels of our time.
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FLAMES OF HEAVENUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
The circle of friends and relations surrounding a talented, immensely cynical, half-Russian artist cope in their various ways with the terrifying breakup of the Communist order in the Soviet Union ... Read full review
Flames of heaven: a novel of the end of the Soviet UnionUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Sasha Leskov is a good artist who paints mediocre Soviet military murals. Misha Samsonov is a good soldier who leads troops into losing battles, most recently in Afghanistan. In this novel of ... Read full review