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The Minister of Evil

by William Le Queux

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I have watched films and documentaries about Rasputin over the years and this is the first piece of literature I've read on this notorious Russian.

This is a fictional account of Rasputin's life based on facts - that is facts according to Le Queux. With this being written within a couple of years after Rasputin's assassination it's hard to know how much is true and what has been exaggerated.

I recall a documentary on the events building to the 1917 Russian revolutuion, focusing on the Romanovs, yet Rasputin only gets a brief mention, yet according to this account he was Czar in all but name.

It seems Rasputin's life will always be an ambiguous one - and a fascinating one.

As for this account, I thought it well-written, interesting, at times morbidly fascination, though overall the first person narrative was not gripping. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Oct 27, 2013 |
Basing his book on the bare bones of history,Le Queux posits that in addition, Rasputin was working for Germany to achieve the downfall of Russia. In this he was actively assisted by Alexandra Feodorovna,the Empress.
The story is told by Feodor Rajevski,who became trusted secretary of the 'mad monk',but who eventually became disenchanted by his many acts of evil. The character of Rasputin himself comes over especially well with his mixture of supposed holiness and his depraved and corrupt real self. This is an interesting slant on the fairly well-known story but with the added thrills that Mr. Le Queux excels in. ( )
  devenish | Dec 9, 2011 |
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