Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The Vanishing Futurist by Charlotte Hobson

Any story set around the Russian Revolution is of interest to me. The courage and hope of people caught up in these events was astounding. Add the term 'futurist' to it and you have me hooked.

The cover with its touch of realism and geometric shapes is also a big pointer to futurism. The main character is an English governess who elects to remain in Russia during and after the revolution, staying on in a commune set up in the house of her ex-employer. Unfortunately she becomes romantically involved with Slavkin, the vanishing futurist of the title. Slavkin is an avant-garde revolutionary whose ideas soon pull them apart. Slavkin’s ideas find some notoriety with the party, but what happens next?

This is a personal story of struggle with life, and living in a country after a war and a revolution. Historically interesting and filled with lots of detail. A good read.

Posted by The Library Cat

Catalogue link: The Vanishing Futurist

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