House of Meetings, Paperback

House of Meetings Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


There were conjugal visits in the slave camps of the USSR.

Valiant women would travel continental distances, over weeks and months, in the hope of spending a night, with their particular enemy of the people, in the House of Meetings.

The consequences of these liaisons were almost invariably tragic.

House of Meetings is about one such liaison. It is a triangular romance: two brothers fall in love with the same girl, a nineteen-year-old Jewess, in Moscow, which is poised for pogrom in the gap between the war and the death of Stalin.

Both brothers are arrested, and their rivalry slowly complicates itself over a decade in the slave camp above the Arctic Circle.




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A slight novel set around conjugal visits to the slave camps of the Gulag Archipelago in Soviet Russia. The story is told as a memoir of an old man now successful and rich living in America. On a tourist trip, he is returning to the camp and working casually as an extra in a film being produced on site. He is telling the story of a love triangle between himself, his brother Lev and a beautiful Jewess called Zoya. I found this novel readable but quite elusive. I'm not sure I understand what it was actually about.

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I never expected to read this: a book by Martin Amis about life in a Russian forced-labour camp. It's like Solzhenitsyn in a way, only more than just a day's sojourn into the horror. And it would have to be Amis, choosing as he does a Russian war hero and notorious thug and rapist as his lead character.

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