The Commissariat Of Enlightenment: A Novel by Ken KalfusThe Commissariat Of Enlightenment: A Novel by Ken Kalfus

The Commissariat Of Enlightenment: A Novel

byKen Kalfus

Paperback | February 3, 2004

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Russia, 1910. Leo Tolstoy lies dying in Astapovo, a remote railway station. Members of the press from around the world have descended upon this sleepy hamlet to record his passing for a public suddenly ravenous for celebrity news. They have been joined by a film company whose cinematographer, Nikolai Gribshin, is capturing the extraordinary scene and learning how to wield his camera as a political tool. At this historic moment he comes across two men -- the scientist, Professor Vorobev, and the revolutionist, Joseph Stalin -- who have radical, mysterious plans for the future. Soon they will accompany him on a long, cold march through an era of brutality and absurdity. The Commissariat of Enlightenment is a mesmerizing novel of ideas that brilliantly links the tragedy and comedy of the Russian Revolution with the global empire of images that occupies our imaginations today.

Russia, 1910. Leo Tolstoy lies dying in Astapovo, a remote railway station. Members of the press from around the world have descended upon this sleepy hamlet to record his passing for a public suddenly ravenous for celebrity news. They have been joined by a film company whose cinematographer, Nikolai Gribshin, is capturing the extraord...
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Title:The Commissariat Of Enlightenment: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:February 3, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060501391

ISBN - 13:9780060501396

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“Kalfus’s book is absorbing, intelligent, witty and wry...A fable that tells the story of the 20th century.”