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The Commissariat of Enlightenment 

The Commissariat of Enlightenment (2003)
A novel by Ken Kalfus

 

"Wry, humane, precise and beautifully smitten with ideas. "
Jonathan Franzen


"Funny, hip...smart, technically innovative...wise, moving, and profound...Kalfus is all of these at once."
David Foster Wallace


Ken Kalfus's mesmerising first novel is about two events that become milestones in the history of the modern media: the death of Tolstoy and the murder of Lenin. One yound filmmaker was there. The story begins in 1910, as Leo Tolstoy lies dying in Astapovo, a railway station in provincial Russia. Members of the press from around the world have descended upon this sleepy hamlet to record his passing for a public suddenly ravenous for celebrity news. Cinema is the newcomer, and Nikolai Gribshin arrives to capture the extraordinary scene and learn how to wield his camera as a political tool. At this historic moment, he comes across two men - the scientist, Professor Vorobev, and the revolutionist, Joseph Stalin - who have radical, mysterious plans for the future. Soon they will accompany him on a long, cold march through an era of brutality and absurdity, as science struggles with superstition. Brimming with intellect, humour, and rich, inventive storytelling, THE COMMISSARIAT OF ENLIGHTENMENT is a novel of ideas that brilliantly evokes the tragi-comic world of revolutionary Russia as well as the birth of today's image-based society.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2003 : Hardback
Title: The Commissariat of Enlightenment
Author(s): Ken Kalfus
ISBN: 0060501367 / 9780060501365 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
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Paperback Editions

January 2004 : Paperback
Title: The Commissariat Of Enlightenment: A Novel
Author(s): Ken Kalfus
ISBN: 0060501391 / 9780060501396 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
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February 2004 : Paperback
Title: The Commissariat of Enlightenment
Author(s): Ken Kalfus
ISBN: 0743231155 / 9780743231152 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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February 2003 : Paperback
Title: The Commissariat of Enlightenment
Author(s): Ken Kalfus
ISBN: 0743231147 / 9780743231145 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

February 2009 : Kindle edition
Title: The Commissariat of Enlightenment
Author(s): Ken Kalfus
ISBN: B001TJ2Y96
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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