Bookmarks Magazine's Reviews > The Stalin Epigram
by Robert Littell
Critics agree that The Stalin Epigram is a powerful novel. Littell, who met with Osip's wife in 1979 and recorded the story of his imprisonment and death, tells a harrowing, almost absurdist tale of imprisonment, exile, and death in the Soviet state. Turning from his Soviet spy thrillers, Littell provides an impeccably researched historical backdrop, and his multiple perspectives offer a full picture of the era's emotional and physical horrors. The strength of the book lies in Littell's command of the brutalities of Stalin's regime.
This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.