Devil's Acre

Devil's Acre

Jonathan Bastable / Apr 22, 2021

Devil s Acre Devil s Acre is a novel about love Russia and forbidden architecture Moscow The oppressive Soviet regime is solidly in place Leonid Brezhnev is praised to the skies for the brilliance of his un

  • Title: Devil's Acre
  • Author: Jonathan Bastable
  • ISBN: 9780957683501
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Devil s Acre is a novel about love, Russia and forbidden architecture Moscow, 1982 The oppressive Soviet regime is solidly in place Leonid Brezhnev is praised to the skies for the brilliance of his unreadable memoirs and the KGB is keeping a watchful eye on the weary and demoralised masses.Vadim, a young Leningrader, is headed to the capital to begin his journalism stuDevil s Acre is a novel about love, Russia and forbidden architecture Moscow, 1982 The oppressive Soviet regime is solidly in place Leonid Brezhnev is praised to the skies for the brilliance of his unreadable memoirs and the KGB is keeping a watchful eye on the weary and demoralised masses.Vadim, a young Leningrader, is headed to the capital to begin his journalism studies at MGU, Moscow State University But he has a research project of his own in mind He wants to find out about the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour built close to the Kremlin as a memorial to Russia s victory over Napoleon, but demolished in 1931 to make way for an immense Palace of Soviets The Palace was intended to be the largest building in the world, a beacon of communism But like communism, it never materialised As for the lost church, it became a taboo subject, and the mere mention of the Cathedral of Christ was an act of anti Soviet propaganda Vadim knows this, but proceeds with his quest anyway And when he enlists the help of Rachel, an American exchange student, his passion draws them both into a sinister and dangerous vortex

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      • Jonathan Bastable

        In 1982, just after I turned 20, I went to live in Leningrad for a year I was cold and hungry most of the time, and most of my Russian friends were miserable or scared or both The winter was dark and long, and the regime was oppressive It was by far the happiest year of my life.That year, and subsequent years spent at Moscow University as a postgrad, provided much of the core material for Devil s Acre But I wasn t then a writer, not yet After returning to Britain I got a job as a feature writer on The Sunday Times Magazine, and in 1991 I was sent back to Moscow as the newspaper s Russian Affairs correspondent I covered the slapstick Yeltsin years, and was present at the shelling of the Russian parliament building in 1993 the moment when Russia s last best hope of a democratic future went up in smoke.I have written many works of non fiction, including a history of the Battle of Stalingrad based on eyewitness accounts I am now, among other things, a travel writer, and I often go back to Russia on assignment for Conde Nast Traveller and other magazines Devil s Acre is my first novel, and my proudest achievement.


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    1. This is the story of a young man, Vadim in 1982 USSR, raised in Leningrad but off to study at the Moscow State University, and his obsession with finding out the story the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, and how with the assistance of a beautiful and clever American student, Rachel among others, he is able to find that information in the parts of the university reserved for foreign students. There is romance and a sinister vibe throughout the novel because you are ever aware that the [...]


    2. A novel of history, architecture and obsessionBeing obsessed with something in Soviet Russia wasn’t necessarily a *good* thing.That is the utmost message that I took away from reading this fascinating book, which mixes fact with historical fiction and tells the story of Vadim, a young student from Leningrad who commences his own research project into a lost church- The Cathedral of Christ The Saviour. In a country where such a subject matter is taboo, Vadim knows that engaging in his project i [...]


    3. This is the story of Vadim, a young Leningrader, who is obsessed with learning the truth about Russia’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior, which is built near the Kremlin as a memorial to Russia’s victory over Napoleon. The church was demolished to make way for an immense Palace of Soviets. The Palace was intended to be the largest building in the world, a beacon of communism. However, it never materialized. The lost church became a taboo subject, and the mere mention of the Cathedral of Christ [...]


    4. The historical details of this story are grounded in fact but the characters and their storyline are distinctly fictitious. If you don't like novels that switch between time periods then you're not going to be a big fan of this book. I don't mind a bit of time jumping but I like the time periods to be easily distinguishable which wasn't always the case with this novel. I think it would have flowed better if the chapters flip flopped back and forth rather than within the chapters themselves. Also [...]


    5. The architecture aspects of the novel were interesting but other than that it was fairly predictable and did much more telling rather than showing.


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