Testament

Testament This huge novel is set in Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution A prefatory note by R C H in Testament purports to explain that his book is based on a faithful adaptation although with names changed

  • Title: Testament
  • Author: R.C. Hutchinson
  • ISBN: 9780571243303
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Paperback
  • This huge novel is set in Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution A prefatory note by R.C.H in Testament purports to explain that his book is based on a faithful adaptation, although with names changed, of a memoir given him in Paris by Captain Alexei Otraveskov The vision in Testament is personal, from the ground up there is no panorama, no sweep of history, and it gThis huge novel is set in Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution A prefatory note by R.C.H in Testament purports to explain that his book is based on a faithful adaptation, although with names changed, of a memoir given him in Paris by Captain Alexei Otraveskov The vision in Testament is personal, from the ground up there is no panorama, no sweep of history, and it gives a vivid sense of the sheer chaotic muddle of the revolution, and its dislocating and destructive terror This is not a comfortable or indeed a comforting novel However, its range and passionate vivacity are such that it should promote Hutchinson to the pantheon of British novelists of the twentieth century Emily Temple

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    1. War, dread, suffering, farce, friendship, idealism, justice, tragedy, longing, love, daring, courage, self-denial, beauty, kindness, betrayal, evil, revolution, order, chaos, terror, horror and hope!R. C. Hutchinson is an author I had not heard of before. It is a tragedy that I am writing the first review of Testament – because it is one of the finest books I have read, beautifully written and deeply moving.The most convincing and continuously real descriptions of mental and physical sufferin [...]

    2. I have had a liking for R C Hutchinson for many years, partly because we went to the same college, and partly because I feel he has been unjustly neglected. This is a magnificent novel, on the same epic scale and with the same depth and richness of texture as Solzhenitsyn or Bulgakov (it reminded me of Bulgakov's "White Guard", which I enjoyed a lot more than "The Master and Margarita"). It helps to have a fascination for la Russe profonde and a close interest in the events of the Russian Revolu [...]

    3. Though written by a non-Russian this splendid novel gives a quite uncanny feeling of time and place. It is a quite superb historical novel. Surprisingly, when I read other books by the same author I was disappointed - but "Testament" is magnificent. Don't miss it!

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