The Archivist's Story
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The Archivist’s Story

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Moscow, 1939. In the recesses of the infamous Lubyanka prison, a young archivist is sent to authenticate an unsigned story confiscated from one of the many political prisoners there. The writer is Isaac Babel. The great author of Red Cavalry is spending his last days forbidden to write, his final manuscripts consigned to the archivist, Pavel Dubrov, who will ultimately be charged with destroying them. The emotional jolt of meeting Babel face-to-face leads to a reckless decision: he will save the last stories of the author he reveres, whatever the cost.

From the margins of history, Travis Holland has woven a tale of the greatest power. The Archivist’s Story is ultimately an enduring tribute to the written word.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Travis
Holland

Travis Holland is an American writer. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Glimmer Train and Five Points, and his debut novel The Archivist’s Story was nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award. He holds an MFA from the University of Michigan where he twice received the Hopwood Award.

Travis Holland is an American writer. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Glimmer Train and Five Points, and his debut novel The Archivist’s Story was nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award. He holds an MFA from the University of Michigan where he twice received the Hopwood Award.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
18/06/2007
Country
United States
Original Language
English
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing

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