|Former Communist Secret Police Headquarters, now The Terror Museum, Buadpest, |
a few blocks from the magnificent Opera House, and below, book cover (yahoo image).
The novel, the second in a planned trilogy, is based on the titanic social, political, and personal impact of the Stalin years and their aftermath. Its symbolic force is the speech Nikita Kruschev gave to the 20th Communist Party Congress in 1960 exposing and condemning the “Cult of Stalin” and its “perversion” of Communist principles. That's when all hell broke lose, when Soviet society started to crumble, leaving no one unscathed, an unstoppable blood-letting.
This is a story of revenge, self-loathing, guilt, betrayal, murder. It's about the enduring effects of vicious totalitarianism on the human spirit: a whole society in the throes of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
My daughter’s friend Laura Kline, who teaches Russian language and literature at