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The Archivist's Story: A Novel

Authors: Holland, Travis
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: FIC014000, FIC030000, FIC019000
ISBN: 9780440336884, Related ISBNs: 038533995X, 0385339968, 0440336880, 9780385339957, 9780385339964
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 256,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: Moscow, 1939. In the recesses of the infamous Lubyanka prison, a young archivist is sent to authenticate an unsigned story confiscated from one of the many political prisoners there. The writer is Isaac Babel. The great author of Red Cavalry is spending his last days forbidden to write, his final manuscripts consigned to the archivist, Pavel Dubrov, who will ultimately be charged with destroying them. The emotional jolt of meeting Babel face-to-face leads to a reckless decision: he will save the last stories of the author he reveres, whatever the cost.

From the margins of history, Travis Holland has woven a tale of the greatest power. Pavel’s private act of courage in the face of a vast bureaucracy of evil invigorates a life that had lost its meaning, even as it guarantees his almost certain undoing. A story of suspense, courage, and unexpected avenues of grace, The Archivist’s Story is ultimately an enduring tribute to the written word.
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