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  - joefreiburger - LibraryThing

One of my favorite books. I enjoyed the philosophical question that it poses about destiny in the life of an individual. I have read a couple of Martin Booth's novels and enjoyed them both. Read full review

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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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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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