Dinner with the Dissidents
In 1970, at the height of the Cold War, three of Russia's foremost dissidents - Solzhenitsyn, Rostropovich and Sakharov - are bunkering down for the winter near Moscow. Meanwhile, struggling young writer Leonid Krasnov has finally received a contract for his novel. But on one condition: that he spies on Solzhenitsyn. He soon realises that he is trapped in a game more sinister than he could have ever imagined.
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‘A smartly turned historical spy mystery that recreates an atmosphere of paranoia, repression and resistance. [Tesarsch] is an elegant writer with a gift for metaphor.’The Age
‘A multilayered and gripping novel. Tesarsch sheds light on one of Russia’s bravest and most brilliant of writers as well as on Australia’s uneasy present. I couldn’t put this book down.’
‘A fierce work, worthy of the great Russians who fill its pages.’
‘A lively, charming and confident evocation of communist Russia and Australia, and a portrait of a particular writing life, meticulously composed and masterfully told.'