Confessions of a Lapsed Standard-bearer Paperback
Addressing himself to his childhood friend Arkadi from exile in Paris, Alyosha recreates their happy years in a village commune outside Leningrad in the 60s, when the sky was always blue and each summer they marched with drum and trumpet at communist youth camp, their eyes set on the glorious future promised by the propaganda machine - until they learn the full horror of what their parents had suffered during the war and under Stalin, and begin to see through the lies. 'Moving and gripping' The Times
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 144 pages, none
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 02/11/2000
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340728093
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Review by bodachliath
A hauntingly vivid and sometimes poetic novella capturing the realities of a childhood in the post-war Soviet Union - a mixture of nostalgia, comic detail and horror, tracing the narrator's journey from a conformist childhood through adolescent disillusion to a present as an emigre writer.