The 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.

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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.”