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Moscow, March 1953: As Stalin breathes his last, four women meet in Room 408 of the luxurious hotel Metropol. They have gathered to reminisce about the great poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, whose work they once inspired. Following his mysterious suicide twenty-five years earlier, he was canonised by Stalin as the "most talented poet of our Soviet era" - but in life he was a far more complicated man, violently torn between art and politics. As the four muses - who both loved and loathed him - piece together their conflicting memories of the poet, a portrait of the artist as a tormented young idealist emerges. Recalling Mayakovsky's early years as a leader of the Futurists, his later work as a propagandist for the Soviet state, and the censorship battles that pitted him against the government, their unabashedly frank conversation reveals him as as an intense and tormented sexual obsessive caught in the eye of history's storm, struggling to hold on to his ideals in the face of a revolution betrayed. In Vladimir M., Robert Littell - whom The Times has compared to Len Deighton and John le Carre - tells a subversive, passionate story of free love, avant-garde art and political ideals.

In this explosive, provocative cocktail of fiction and reality, he brings to life the tumultuous Stalinist era, and the disaster it spelt for the artists it ensnared.

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsRevolutions, uprisings, rebellionsRussian Revolution Publisher: Duckworth Overlook Publication Date: 26/01/2017 ISBN-13: 9780715651940  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Robert Littell is the author of more than a dozen novels, including A Nasty Piece of Work, Legends, the Stalin Epigram and Young Philby. He has been awarded both the CWA Gold Dagger and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and his novel The Company was a New York Times bestseller. Both The Company and Legends have been adapted for television. He lives in France.

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