By Victor Serge
Translated from the Russian through William R. Trask, creation by way of Susan Sontag
One chilly Moscow evening, Comrade Tulayev, a excessive executive legitimate, is shot lifeless in the street, and the quest for the killer starts off. during this panoramic imaginative and prescient of the Soviet nice Terror, the research leads around the world, netting a complete sequence of suspects whose simply connection is their innocence—at least of the crime of which they stand accused. yet The Case of Comrade Tulayev, surely the best paintings of fiction ever written concerning the Stalinist purges, isn't just a narrative of a totalitarian nation. Marked by means of the deep humanity and beneficiant spirit of its writer, the mythical anarchist and exile Victor Serge, it's also a vintage twentieth-century story of possibility, event, and unforeseen the Aristocracy to set beside Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls and André Malraux's Man's Fate.
About the Author
Victor Serge (1890–1947) used to be born Victor Kibalchich in Brussels in 1890, the son of Russian political exiles. As a tender guy, he lived in Paris, relocating in anarchist circles and enduring 5 years in felony for his ideals. In 1919, he went to Russia to aid the Bolshevik Revolution. touring among Petrograd, Moscow, Berlin, and Vienna, Serge served because the editor of the magazine Communist foreign, yet in 1928 his condemnation of Stalin’s turning out to be energy ended in his expulsion from the Communist get together and imprisonment. published, Serge became to writing fiction and background, merely to be arrested back in 1933 and deported to primary Asia. foreign protests from eminent figures equivalent to André Gide succeeded in securing Serge’s freedom, and in 1936 he left Russia for exile in France. There Serge persisted to jot down fiction, whereas suffering to show the totalitarian personality of the Soviet nation; for your time he additionally aided Trotsky, translating a few his works. After the German career of France, Serge fled to Mexico, the place he died in 1947. with his most famed paintings, The Case of Comrade Tulayev, Serge’s many books comprise 12 months one of many Russian Revolution, Memoirs of a innovative, From Lenin to Stalin, and the novelsConquered urban, nighttime within the Century, delivery of Our strength, males in felony, and The lengthy nightfall.