Revolutionary Russia, the main character Inna Feldman, who decides to flee Kiev after witnessing the assassination of Prime Minister Stolypin in a theatre, is a Jewish orphan and by that fact almost inappropriate in a society.
She is travelling to St Petersburg to a distant relative in search of safety and security. There she faces two men she is torn between. First is a violin-maker who is filled with revolutionary fervour. The other man who will feature in this love triangle is the Englishman Horace Wallich, who works for the famous jeweller Fabergé. Even more Prince Youssoupof is mentioned in the novel as well, as the Father Grigory, revealed to be the notorious Rasputin – a Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man who befriended the family of Tsar Nicholas II and gained considerable influence in late imperial Russia.
The author Vanora Bennett was inspired by and based on her own great-uncle, which adds a personal twist to the novel.
Through the book, I discovered artist Alexey Titorenko: http://www.alexeytitarenko.com/ Photographer from St Petersburg famous by photos of Nomenklatura of Signs, as his view on the Communist regime as an oppressive system.
Weltschemerzer mit Sehnsucht. Travel is my catharsis.
I loved it. A great read, from the tension in the first few pages to the action-packed nail-biting ending.
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