The Case of Comrade Tulayev

The Case of Comrade Tulayev By Victor Serge Willard R. Trask Susan Sontag, The Case of Comrade Tulayev One cold Moscow night Comrade Tulayev a high government official is shot dead on the street and the search for the killer begins In this panoramic vision of the Soviet Great Terror the investigat
  • Title: The Case of Comrade Tulayev
  • Author: Victor Serge Willard R. Trask Susan Sontag
  • ISBN: 9781590170649
  • Page: 491
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  • The Case of Comrade Tulayev By Victor Serge Willard R. Trask Susan Sontag, One cold Moscow night, Comrade Tulayev, a high government official, is shot dead on the street, and the search for the killer begins In this panoramic vision of the Soviet Great Terror, the investigation leads all over the world, netting a whole series of suspects whose only connection is their innocence at least of the crime of which they stand accused But The Case of COne cold Moscow night, Comrade Tulayev, a high government official, is shot dead on the street, and the search for the killer begins In this panoramic vision of the Soviet Great Terror, the investigation leads all over the world, netting a whole series of suspects whose only connection is their innocence at least of the crime of which they stand accused But The Case of Comrade Tulayev, unquestionably the finest work of fiction ever written about the Stalinist purges, is not just a story of a totalitarian state Marked by the deep humanity and generous spirit of its author, the legendary anarchist and exile Victor Serge, it is also a classic twentieth century tale of risk, adventure, and unexpected nobility to set beside Ernest Hemingway s For Whom the Bell Tolls and Andr Malraux s Man s Fate.
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    1. Victor Serge Willard R. Trask Susan Sontag

      Victor Lvovich Kibalchich was born in exile in 1890 and died in exile in 1947 He is better known as Victor Serge, a Russian revolutionary and Francophone writer Originally an anarchist, he joined the Bolsheviks five months after arriving in Petrograd in January 1919, and later worked for the newly founded Comintern as a journalist, editor and translator He was openly critical of the Soviet regime, but remained loyal to the ideals of socialism until his death.After time spent in France, Belgium, Russia and Spain, Serge was forced to live out the rest of his life in Mexico, with no country he could call home Serge s health had been badly damaged by his periods of imprisonment in France and Russia, but he continued to write until he died of heart attack, in Mexico city on 17 November 1947 Having no nationality, no Mexican cemetery could legally take his body, so he was buried as a Spanish Republican.

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    1. Born in Brussels to politically exiled Russian parents, Victor Kibalchich Serge followed in their footsteps in ways than one, anarchist, prisoner, Trotsky aid, and exile, his condemnation of Stalin s totalitarian Soviet State would lead to his expulsion from the Communist party, and thus begin his writing of historical fiction I get the impression that whist being held over long periods in solitary confinement he spent the time writing, mentally in his head that is And although his fictional wo [...]

    2. Chantal Delsol made a comment in one of her recent books to the effect that Communism never received the disapprobation that it merited due to the extant perception that its crimes were perpetrated for and its foundational theories developed from good intentions, a generosity never extended to its Fascist coevals When you factor in the powerful rational strains within its evolving form the philosophical rigor, scientific drapery, dialectic propulsion and inexorable historical necessity you have [...]

    3. I m abandoning this one by the roadside like an old shoe or a sack of dead lithium batteries It probably wasn t fair to Comrade Serge to embark upon his novel immediately after a Chekhov compilation It s not likely he would blossom in the shade of the master But I had hope A fictional indictment of the realities of Stalinism What s not to love, right The Case of Comrade Tulayev may call itself a novel, but it s essentially a collection of related short stories A Stalinist era political functiona [...]

    4. Here s a real corker for you The setting is late 1930s Moscow Joseph Stalin and his henchmen are in the process of committing one of the twentieth century s greatest crimes in the rounding up, framing, trial and execution of their fellow Bolsheviks This period has become known as The Great Terror describes it as a period of campaigns of political repression and persecution that involved a large scale purge of the Communist Party and government officials, repression of peasants dekulakization , [...]

    5. S os loucos pensam que fazem o que querem Victor Serge 1890 1947 foi escritor e pol tico Nascido na B lgica, inicialmente anarquista, quando aos vinte e nove anos chega R ssia envolve se com os bolcheviques e, juntamente com Trotsky, critica o regime estalinista Preso e, posteriormente, expulso do pa s continua a ser perseguido por agentes sovi ticos acabando por morrer no M xico, supostamente assassinado.O Caso do Camarada Tulaev vou ter de deixar com o marcador no meioMesmo desconfiando tratar [...]

    6. If there ever was a book to reinforce my father s grim warnings about damn pinkos , here it is Seeing as I ve never lived in Stalin era Soviet Union, I hesitate to mention how realistic this story is, but JesusReads like a short story collection, with each chapter serving as a mini conflict for a specific character, all loosely connected around the random killing of the title comrade If you need immediate gratification, just read chapter 4 To Build is to Perish so scary to see what happens when [...]

    7. Fictional or not, this is probably the best account of the terror I ve ever read Serge s rendering of Stalin the Chief is nothing less than astonishing For all the monumental sweep of his subject matter, his style is often that of a miniaturist We intimately experience the tortured idealism of the old Bolsheviks whose loyalty to the revolution, despite everything, led them to contemplate falsely confessing to treason as the most honorable course of action Against the infamous condescension of po [...]

    8. If you ve read both works, you can t talk about The Case of Comrade Tulayev without Koestler s Darkness at Noon Both books, written by disaffected former Communists, and published within two years of each other, deal with the process of the revolution eating its children Both books attempt to come to grips with the motivations of old guards revolutionaries who seemingly openly acquiesced with their own murder Of course Darkness at Noon is much widely known and widely read There are pretty ratio [...]

    9. This is supposed to be a classic about life under Stalin I very much enjoyed those sections of the novel that describes places and scenes The author s words draw a picture that you clearly see, be it the feel of the air on a frosty night or a street in Moscow Likewise, I found the Communists maneuvering and killing during the Spanish Civil War interesting.What I didn t like were the character portrayals For me it felt that each character, and there are quite a number, are put into the story to d [...]

    10. Jeder kommt an die Reihe, jeder auf seine Art S 236 Das Monster Sozialismus frisst sich selber auf T ter, wenngleich meist gutgl ubige St tzen des Regimes, werden Opfer von Stalins S uberungen Anfangs episodenhaft geschrieben, ergibt sich ein beeindruckend beklemmendes Bild eines totalit ren Staates.

    11. After the unmitigated rave by Susan Sontag that opens this book I expected to like it than I did I won t say much than , because for most part I enjoyed it, but barely a few days after finishing I seemed to have retained little of it, and for a book that purports to examine such weighty subjects this is troubling The problem wasn t that it was difficult for the first half at least the pages flew by, helped along by a sense of great things afoot just beyond the surface If this translation is an [...]

    12. Would anyone seriously dispute that the Russians have a genius for the novel which exceeds every other race on the planet, particularly when one considers the general weakness of the the Russian educational system and economy, historically and up to the present Of course, Serge wasn t exactly Russian, indeed he wasn t exactly anything, a perpetual iconoclast, as all decent writers ought to strive to be The story of how the murder of a high ranking Soviet official ends in one of Stalin s many pur [...]

    13. An intricate, moving, reflective story of a murder and its cascade of indirect victims Wonderful ending I will likely read this again I started out not really knowing how like Nabokov Serge is, in that every part of the story is meaningful and intertwined with every other He s not as obvious about it as Nabokov is, so, I think I missed some important details Anyway, I loved this book and I highly recommend it to people who like literature or who are interested in the history of Soviet Russia in [...]

    14. Ok, I confess I have a macabre penchant for gulag fiction, and this is my favourite of the lot While Koestler Solzhenitsyn graphically portray interrogation and exile respectively, Serge takes a panoramic approach showing how a Stalinist purge rippled out from a random incident to ensnare old heroes and young zealots alike And he ought to know having spent years in a Russian prison in the 1930s This is a masterfully constructed tale written in an immensely readable style, but it is the unique wi [...]

    15. This is a fantastic book hard to put downIt is set in the 1930s during Stalin s purges It is a very atmospheric book, building up tension as lives are ingested, ground up and spat out of the mincer that was Stalin s Russia.Similar in some ways to Koestlers Darkness at Noon, but less well known I am glad I stumbled upon it.

    16. This Russian novel, written in 1940 2, while Serge was in exile, but not published in English until decades later, doesn t remind me of other big Russian novels although set in 1936 in the reign of Stalin It made me think of Philip K Dick Except for this novel, was based on not imagination what if Hitler had won but based on the very real faked news of Russia, and it consequences Enemies of the people was a common charge, which wouldn t have been so striking before the Donald and Steve Serge wro [...]

    17. Oggi ci vorrebbero dei libri folgoranti, traboccanti di algebra storica irrefutabile, pieni di requisitorie implacabili, libri che giudichino i tempi Ogni riga dovrebbe essere tracciata con intelligenza ferrea, stampata con puro fuoco Libri che sarebbero nati pi tardi Ryjik cerc di ricordarsi i libri che per lui erano collegati alla sensazione della vita La carta grigia dei giornali e le loro chiacchiere scialbe non avevano lasciato che un ricordo insipido Da un passato lontano gli torn intensa [...]

    18. In national centrally managed governments, the fact that they can t control Individual Will frequently comes into conflict with their policies This book shows what happens when a we ll solve everything government can t solve an important murder It shows that solving the murder becomes secondary to reestablishing control Police work becomes less about justice and about unrighteous power and dominion Who s in control, here The setting of the book is pre WWII Stalin s USSR The act first chapter is [...]

    19. There are aspects of this which I confuse with Yury Dombrovsky both Faculty of Useless Knowedge and Serge s Case of Comrade Tulayev affected me deeply The gradual ratcheting in this one was amazing.

    20. I will leave it to those with literary tastes and insight to comment on this as a work of fiction It was a fascinating book, however and a work of real merit I have one complaint, but won t mention it, since it has something of a spoiler effect On now to the Unforgiving Years

    21. This book is about the incredible generation of people who made a revolution and were then murdered by Stalin In prison, waiting to be shot, one of these revolutionaries writes We grew up amid struggle, escaping two profound captivities, that of old Holy Russia, and that of the bourgeois West, at the same time we borrowed from these two worlds their most living elements the spirit of inquiry, the transforming audacity a peasant people s direct feeling for truth an action, and its spirit of revol [...]

    22. In many ways The Case of Comrade Tulayev eluded and confused me Oftentimes an onslaught of bureaucratic detail e.g who served as the subcommissar of the Textile Trust of the such and such Committee of the Political Bureau obscures or downright buries the existential crises undergone by each protagonist Its attention to the aforementioned type of minutiae exhausts the reader, but is also equips with a grim, deeply ironic realism Tulayev asserts individualism against a cosmic void proudly and soun [...]

    23. After Comrade Tulayev, a high ranking government official is murdered after being dropped off at his house by his driver, a whole mechanism swings into action, ostensibly to find the killer but to actually scapegoat a few prominent persons who will confess to being behind the murder, even though each is no where near where it occurred Presciently, Serge describes how one of the suspects is summoned back to Moscow from holiday but when the train stops at a small station, he s then summoned to the [...]

    24. La novela tiene dos maneras de contarnos la historia, y aunque una es reveladora y profunda, la otra me confundi Lo mejor son los arquetipos humanos y pol ticos que se delinean bajo el manto opresivo de un Estado policial el de Stalin, su ret rica y sus purgas con sus crueldades y sus absurdos, su pompa y sus mentiras a las que todos se resignan , su miserable jerarqu a.Lo que se me hizo extra o fue no poder agarrarme de un personaje protag nico me hubiese quedado feliz much simo rato m s con Ko [...]

    25. This took me by surprise I suppose you have to call the humour dark, but the book has a spirit of optimism, of belief in the principles and ambitions of the October Revolution, which is in spite of a century of propaganda still bright and inspiring and thoroughly intelligent A terrific portrait of the most terrible r gime that somehow remembers the passions and beliefs that were betrayed by the Stalinist takeover.

    26. The power of religion and ideology for good and evil is unlimited and there are men who can manipulate that power for non religious, non ideological ends.For anyone interested in the ideological and historical context of this novel I would recommend Isaac Deutscher s trilogy The Prophet Armed, The Prophet Unarmed and The Prophet Exiled and Franco Venturi s Roots of Revolution.

    27. One of the best novels coming from Serge Its pretty epic in its scope and enmeshes the lives of a lot of individuals persecuted by Stalinism and the Great Terror of the 1930 s For me, Serge has this kind of materialist mysticism , which makes the book a very deep novel Great read.

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