Comrade Koba by Robert Littell audiobook

Comrade Koba: A Novel

By Robert Littell
Read by Andrew Eiden  and Rachel Jacobs

Blackstone Publishing 9781419748325

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665011044

  • ISBN: 9781665011037

  • ISBN: 9781665011051

Runtime: 4.86 Hours
Category: Fiction/Thrillers
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A Crime Reads Pick of Most Anticipated Novels of Fall

A tight, captivating story of a naïve child’s encounters with a Soviet dictator, the twentieth novel by Robert Littell

After the sudden death of his nuclear physicist father and the arrest of his mother during the Stalinist purge of Jewish doctors, young Leon Rozental—intellectually precocious and possessing a disarming candor—is hiding from the NKVD in the secret rooms of the House on the Embankment, a large building in Moscow where many Soviet officials and apparatchiks live and work. One day after following a passageway, Leon meets Koba, an old man whose apartment is protected by several guards. Koba is a high-ranking Soviet officer with troubling insight into the thoughts and machinations of Comrade Stalin.

Through encounters between a naive boy and a paranoid tyrant, Robert Littell creates in Comrade Koba a nuanced portrayal of the Soviet dictator, showing his human side and his simultaneous total disregard for and ignorance of the suffering he inflicted on the Russian people. The charm and spontaneity of young Leon make him an irresistible character—and not unlike Holden Caulfield, whom he admits to identifying with—caught in the spider’s web of the story woven by this enigmatic old man.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In this short but compelling novel, Littell uses the interplay between a disarmingly discerning if naive boy and a tortured, self-justifying dictator to expose a tragic slice of muddled humanity behind the gray monolith of Stalinist Russia.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Robert Littell

Author Bio: Robert Littell

Robert Littell’s novels include the New York Times bestseller The Company and many others. A former Newsweek journalist, he makes his home in France.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers
Runtime: 4.86
Audience: Adult
Language: English