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The Silent Prophet (Peter Owen Modern Classics)

ISBN13: 9780720611359
ISBN: 0720611350
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $22.95
Publisher: Peter Owen Ltd
Published Date:
Pages: 220
Average Goodreads rating: 3.82/5 (10 ratings)

Because he is born illegitimate, Friederich Kargan lacks even a social identity. Moving to Vienna, he becomes involved both in revolutionary agitation and a love affair before he is caught by the authorities on his first trip to Russia, enduring a Siberian interlude before escaping. He eventually returns to Russia after the February Revolution, becoming leader of the Red Army, but realizes during the civil war that the revolution seems to be over before it has begun; the cause has been betrayed, yesterday’s proletariat has become today’s bourgeoisie; exile might offer the only choice. A beautifully descriptive journey from loneliness into an illusory worldliness and back into loneliness, this is a haunting study in alienation by a master of realistic imagination.