A novel adventuring between the pre-WWI Russian enclave in Brisbane and Tsarist Russia. From the author of Schindler's Ark, another tale of oppression and the triumph of determined peoples.Artem Samsurov, a charismatic protege of Lenin and an ardent socialist, reaches sanctuary in Australia after escaping his Siberian labour camp and making a long, perilous journey via Japan. But Brisbane in 1911 turns out not to be quite the workers' paradise he was expecting, or the bickering local Russian emigres a model of brotherhood. As Artem helps organise a strike and gets dangerously entangled in the death of another exile, he discovers that corruption, repression and injustice are almost as prevalent in Brisbane as at home. Yet he finds fellow spirits in a fiery old suffragette and a distractingly attractive married woman, who undermines his belief that a revolutionary cannot spare the time for relationships. When the revolution dawns and he returns to Russia, will his ideals hold true?More
From the Booker Prize-winning author of Schindler's Ark, the book adapted into the film Schindler's List, comes this World War I drama of a Russian revolutionary in exile in a Russian community in Brisbane, Australia. Thomas Keneally's The People's Train follows socialist Artem Samsurov in his new life in Brisbane, a community which he finds lacking in revolutionary zeal. As he forms relationships with other Russian émigrés, including a married woman, his beliefs are challenged. Actor David Tredinnick inhabits the Russian's soul, bringing this story to life for listeners for years to come.
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