A Partial History of Lost Causes
In St. Petersburg, Russia, world chess champion Aleksandr Bezetov begins a quixotic quest: He launches a dissident presidential campaign against Vladimir Putin. He knows he will not win-and that he is risking his life in the process-but a deeper conviction propels him forward.
In Cambridge, Massachusetts, thirty-year-old English lecturer Irina Ellison struggles for a sense of purpose. Irina is certain she has inherited Huntington’s disease-the same cruel illness that ended her father’s life. When Irina finds an old, photocopied letter her father wrote to the young Aleksandr Bezetov, she makes a fateful decision. Her father asked the chess prodigy a profound question-How does one proceed in a lost cause?-but never received an adequate reply. Leaving everything behind, Irina travels to Russia to find Bezetov and get an answer for her father, and for herself.
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“A long-lost letter links two disparate characters, each searching for meaning against seemingly insurmountable odds; In St. Petersburg, world chess champion, Aleksandr Bezetov launches a dissident presidential campaign against Vladimir Putin. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, thirty-year-old Irina Ellison knows she has inherited Huntington’s disease – the same illness that ended her father’s life.” Well drawn characters, vibrant scenes and imaginative descriptions.