The Vengeance of Rome, Paperback Book
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The fourth and final volume of the legendary Pyat Quartet. Born in Ukraine on the first day of the century, a Jewish anti-Semite, Pyat careered through three decades like a runaway train.

Bisexual, cocaine-loving engineer/inventor/spy, he enthusiastically embraces Fascism.

Hero-worshipping Mussolini, he enters the dictator's circle, enjoys a close friendship with Mussolini's wife and is sent by the Duce on a secret mission to Munich, becoming intimate with Ernst Rohm, the homosexual stormtrooper leader.

His crucial role in the Nazi Party's struggle for power has him performing perverted sex acts with 'Alf', as the Fuhrer's friends call him. Pyat's extraordinary luck leaves him after he witnesses Hitler's massacre of Rohm and the SA.

At last he is swallowed up in Dachau concentration camp.

Thirty years later, having survived the Spanish civil war, he is living in Portobello Road and telling his tale to a writer called Moorcock.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: War & combat fiction
  • ISBN: 9780099488828

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At last the finale novel in the 'Colonel Pyat' sequence has arrived after a long wait for Moorcock fans.A deliberately over the top narrative arch involving real people from the early 20th Century collide with the semi-delusional recollections of the main character. The evils of Nazism and Fascism are brought vividly to life but also the sights and smells of the cities of Italy and Germany in the early 1930's. Wonderful fictional characters like the exuberant cockney singer and actress Mrs Cornelius (the mother of Jerry Cornelius, a famous Moorcockian protagonist) mix with Herman Goring, Ernst Rohm, Benito Mussolini and a disturbing cameo from Adolf Hitler himself.But at the centre of course is 'Colonel Pyat,' probably the most unreliable narrator of them all. The ending of this four volume epic is particularly sad and poignant.

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