Monday, September 20, 2004

Comrade Tulayev

The Guardian Review on Saturday has a splendid review by Nicholas Lezard of a new edition of "The Case of Comrade Tulayev" by Victor Serge. The 'new' relates to the translation by Willard Trask and the introduction by Susan Sontag.

As Lezard puts it
"But was ever a dictator portrayed with more convincing restraint than when an investigator reports to him that someone has "confessed" to sabotage?
"The word confessed produced a distinct feeling of discomfort between them"

And that is just one of many reasons why the novel is still well worth reading now".

Go read it.

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