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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 07/03/2013
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1919, Siberia . . . Deep in the unforgiving landscape a town lies under military rule, awaiting the remorseless assault of Bolsheviks along the Trans-Siberian railway. One night a stranger, Samarin, appears from the woods with a tale of escape from an Arctic prison, insisting a cannibal is on his trail. Only Anna, a beautiful young widow, trusts his story. When a local shaman is found dead suspicion and terror engulf the isolated community, which harbours a secret of its own . . .

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781782110514
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 279 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
A quite extraordinary novel -- Philip Pullman
Vivid, brutal and exhilarating * * Daily Mail * *
The best and most original book that I have read for years -- Louis de Bernieres
James Meek's immense and consistently impressive narrative incorporates the bizarre-but-true extremes of post-revolutionary Russia. . . Meek keeps the sensational elements at the service of a profound, propulsive plot, while maintaining a pleasingly sardonic edge throughout. . . All this plus an unflinching castration scene which presents a truly eye-watering account of severe pain in the Urals. * * Guardian * *
I was gripped by James Meek's Siberian western The People's Act of Love... With admirable confidence Meek combines big country and big characters to create a sort of intellectual epic, which I enjoyed for its revelation of a fascinating corner of 20th-century history. -- Michael Palin
[It] has the strangeness and clarity of a dream. This is historical fiction that transcends the genre - as intense as a thriller, imagined on an epic scale. * * The Times * *
Meek's study of slow de-humanisation and his characters' ultimate willingness to sacrifice personal happiness and, in many cases, much more for an intangible ideal is, in terms of story-telling and intellectual suggestiveness, addictive. * * Observer * *
A strikingly unusual and ambitious novel. . . Violence and sensuality commingle in a tense, complex thriller with the sweep and flavour of Russia. * * Sunday Telegraph * *

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“Well worth a read”

I enjoyed this book for its style of prose and suprises in the plot. It inspired me to read a little of the history of that time in Siberia. I think the author included interesting elements of the events that happened... More

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