Amidst the ashes of the failed workers’ rebellions of 1905, Courland aristocrat Wiktor
Rooks finds that he has lost everything: home and heritage, his life's very purpose. Coerced into the Russian Army, Wiktor is soon swept up into the turbulent years of the Great War and Bolshevik Revolution. In the service of his enemies, he finds himself torn between the noble classes of his birth and his new communist masters, between calls for freedom on Baltic shores and waves of oppression radiating from Moscow's center.
By a twist of fate, he becomes a member of the elite Latvian Red Riflemen of the Revolution; a regiment nicknamed “Lenin’s Harem” for their absolute loyalty to the cause. Wiktor adapts to his situation by hiding his aristocratic past. He finds friendship amongst the soldiers and love with a communist girl. When the wars end, he returns to his homeland a different man. But betrayals await in Rīga and Stalin's soldiers are soon knocking on the midnight door...
Set in Russia and Latvia between 1905 and 1941, Lenin’s Harem is a story of nationhood, brotherhood and love throughout the most turbulent years of the twentieth century. The novel explores identity in a time of changing loyalties and the search for a just struggle when all causes are tainted by bloodshed and betrayal.
"The attention to historical detail and depth of introspection are worthy of Pasternak or Solzhenitsyn. Enthralling."
-Daniel Wagner, former Dean of the CIA’s Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis
The attention to historical detail and depth of introspection are worthy of Pasternak or Solzhenitsyn. Enthralling.
Daniel Wagner, former Dean of the CIA’s Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis
Broad, ambitious and plenty good.
The Providence Sunday Journal