The Wizard of the Kremlin (Hardback)
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The Wizard of the Kremlin (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages
Published: 18/01/2024
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A riveting piece of contemporary fiction that gets to the heart of the Russian governmental machine, The Wizard of the Kremlin details the life and times of Putin's chief spin doctor.

They call him the Wizard of the Kremlin. Working at the heart of Russian power, the enigmatic Vadim Baranov-Putin's chief spin doctor-has used his background in experimental theatre and reality TV to turn the entire country into an avant-garde political stage.

Here truth and lies, news and propaganda, have become indistinguishable. But Vadim is growing increasingly entangled in the dark secret workings of the regime he has helped build, and now he is desperate to get out.

Propelling the reader from the fall of the Soviet Union to the invasion of Ukraine, this breathless story of politics and power has become an international sensation.

Publisher: Pushkin Press
ISBN: 9781805330103
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A great book, casting light on the creatures that crawl and slither behind the Kremlin's walls, on the mineral hardness of Putin, on the chaos engine that is his way of hurting us. Read this book and you will understand the Russian mind-fuck. Read it - John Sweeney

A captivating novel that sails close, perhaps too close, to reality - Financial Times, Books of the Year

A novel exploring the inner workings of [Putin's] government that has captivated France...has become a popular guide for understanding [his] motives - New York Times

A highly economical, well documented pageturner, describing twenty years in the corridors of Russian power, with a simple, seductive style and unmatched realism - Frédéric Beigbeder, Le Figaro

An acute and timely dissection of Russian power, told through the eyes of a shadowy political adviser to Putin - Financial Times

A journey into the dark heart of power - El País

You cannot put this book down... Fascinating and suffocating. A clinical analysis of the art of authoritarian rule - France Inter

An absolutely extraordinary novel... You feel you're sitting on a sofa next to Putin, that you are inside his head - Patricia Martin, Le Masque et la Plume

Of course this novel sheds a revealing light on current geopolitical events. But it will outlive them thanks to its unwavering lucidity and sparkling style - Le Monde des Livres

A staggering account of the mental makeup and aggressive logic of Vladimir Putin... A story of great literary and historical force that you must read if you want to understand what, from here, seems incomprehensible - Libération

A must-read for anyone wondering what Russian President Vladimir Putin is up to and what the Russian people have had to go through during his tenure...this powerful book...is a page turner - Foreign Policy

Brilliantly tells the story of one of Putin's closest advisors... Unputdownable - Lire magazine littéraire

Empoli is a skilled storyteller and with such rich material to hand it is unsurprising that [The Wizard of the Kremlin] is compelling and convincing, fully deserving of its bestseller status...Its literary achievement elevates the novel above a reductive political analysis of the workings of the Kremlin, bringing it at times closer to Dostoevsky than an academic article or an op-ed - New Statesman

A factually-based and brilliantly narrated pageturner - Die Zeit

Propelled by its searing topicality, this modern, visionary book nevertheless has the timeless elegance of a classic - Les Echos

Smart, sharp, and timelier than ever

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“Robert Harris does Russia, with the Cicero of the Kremlin, a Moscovian Machiavelli”

The author is an Italian/Swiss one-time political advisor to the Italian Prime Minister and now a Political Studies Professor. This his debut novel was originally published in French as “Le Mage du Kremlin” in 2022,... More

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“Timely and insightful”

Wonderful novel which, as you read, makes you ask the question, "Is this fact or fiction ?". Highly recommended

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