THE GREATEST CONSPIRACY THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN
STARTED WITH THE STORMING OF THE WINTER PALACE
In the beginning they were impassioned young revolutionaries risking only their own lives for justice. The prince, the soldier, and the peasant became the patriarchs of three families whose generations are enfolded in the sweep of humans and inhumans, inquisitors and victims, that tells the story of the KGB — which is the story of Russia in the Twentieth Century — from the day Lenin created it as the Cheka in the Smolny Convent: the Extraordinary Commission from the beginning and from the inside, motivated by its own imperatives of fear and fanaticism, through the murders of whole classes, the massacres of kulaks, the betrayals of friends and family, the show trials of colleagues, the psychiatric tortures of dissidents, right up to glasnost, when the fourth generation must answer the question, Was the result worth three generations of suffering and sacrifice?
An epic historical saga of three intertwined families who live and die by their love of their Russian motherland and the searing passions they arouse in each other.
Book 1 of
COLD WAR, HOT PASSIONS
“Wild but exciting. A grand job with plenty of irony.”
New York Times
“So bizarre, it’s probably all true.”
London Evening News
This is an important book.”
Sydney Morning Herald
“Keeps up such a pace and such interest that it really satisfies.”
“A masterly story that has pace, humor, tension and excitement with the bonus of truth.”
“Jute has clearly conducted a great deal of research into everything he describes, investing the novel with an air of prophecy. His moral and ecological concerns are important.”
Times Literary Supplement