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Archangel: A Novel by Robert Harris
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Archangel: A Novel (original 1998; edition 1999)

by Robert Harris

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Present-day Russia is the setting for this stunning new novel from Robert Harris, author of the bestsellers Fatherland and Enigma.          Archangel tells the story of four days in the life of Fluke Kelso, a dissipated, middle-aged former Oxford historian, who is in Moscow to attend a conference on the newly opened Soviet archives.          One night, Kelso is visited in his hotel room by an old NKVD officer, a former bodyguard of the secret police chief Lavrenty Beria. The old man claims to have been at Stalin's dacha on the night Stalin had his fatal stroke, and to have helped Beria steal the dictator's private papers, among them a notebook.          Kelso decides to use his last morning in Moscow to check out the old man's story. But what starts as an idle inquiry in the Lenin Library soon turns into a murderous chase across nighttime Moscow and up to northern Russia--to the vast forests near the White Sea port of Archangel, where the final secret of Josef Stalin has been hidden for almost half a century.          Archangel combines the imaginative sweep and dark suspense of Fatherland with the meticulous historical detail of Enigma. The result is Robert Harris's most compelling novel yet. From the Paperback edition.… (more)
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Title:Archangel: A Novel
Authors:Robert Harris
Info:Random House (1999), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 373 pages
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Archangel by Robert Harris (1998)

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This story gives us a version (probably true) of Russia where Communism has not proved to be ideal that had been wished for. People are stuck in horrendous living conditions, families are fractured, and the secrets aer buried deep and the paranoia has been built on every neighbour and family member ratting you out to the state.[return][return]Meanwhile, a historian gets caught up (along with an american reporter) in the search for a notebook, and one of the people who claims to have been present the night Stalin died. Naturally, the Russian state would like to prevent the disclosure of anything that could detract from Stalin's legacy ( )
  nordie | Apr 18, 2022 |
Not a very good ending. ( )
  donhazelwood | Mar 11, 2022 |
Russians still look up to Stalin - what if he had a successor?

Often confusing, but very much in Robert Harris's style. ( )
  jercox | Jun 2, 2021 |
A great thriller from a wonderful writer.
  rosiezbanks | Dec 4, 2020 |
Watched the 2005 BBC production with Daniel Craig (Aug 31, 2017). Not so good, but certainly watchable. But, I'm reading Tom Rob Smith's "The Secret Speech" so, evocative. Riga for the town of Archangel certainly puts me in the mood.
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
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Late one night a long time ago - before you were even born, boy - a bodyguard stood on the the verandah at the back of a big house in Moscow, smoking a cigarette.
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Present-day Russia is the setting for this stunning new novel from Robert Harris, author of the bestsellers Fatherland and Enigma.          Archangel tells the story of four days in the life of Fluke Kelso, a dissipated, middle-aged former Oxford historian, who is in Moscow to attend a conference on the newly opened Soviet archives.          One night, Kelso is visited in his hotel room by an old NKVD officer, a former bodyguard of the secret police chief Lavrenty Beria. The old man claims to have been at Stalin's dacha on the night Stalin had his fatal stroke, and to have helped Beria steal the dictator's private papers, among them a notebook.          Kelso decides to use his last morning in Moscow to check out the old man's story. But what starts as an idle inquiry in the Lenin Library soon turns into a murderous chase across nighttime Moscow and up to northern Russia--to the vast forests near the White Sea port of Archangel, where the final secret of Josef Stalin has been hidden for almost half a century.          Archangel combines the imaginative sweep and dark suspense of Fatherland with the meticulous historical detail of Enigma. The result is Robert Harris's most compelling novel yet. From the Paperback edition.

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