The Industry of Souls: A Novel

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Picador, Oct 6, 2000 - Fiction - 256 pages
45 Reviews
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  - Robert Irish - Goodreads

This book endures as one of my favourite modern novels. I read it because it made the shortlist for the Booker Prize (it was unjustly beaten by Ian McEwan's Amsterdam). The story has a wonderfully ... Read full review

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User Review  - Goodreads

This book endures as one of my favourite modern novels. I read it because it made the shortlist for the Booker Prize (it was unjustly beaten by Ian McEwan's Amsterdam). The story has a wonderfully ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

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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