The great brazen sound of the word rang in my bones, resounded in the bell of my chest. It had us hypnotized...
The Revolution of Marina M takes us deep inside the Russian Revolution and lets us witness it through a pair of remarkable eyes. Marina is a female Zhivago — a poet who uses her intelligence, her passion, and her love of language to interpret and survive the political turmoil around her. Janet Fitch is a wonderful writer and this might be her best book. Don’t let its Russian-novel length daunt you. Let it transport you.
There’s brilliance in this book: concept, structure, style. When I finished it, I started all over again. If the horrors associated with the Russian revolution freeze your blood, remember the fire and brimstone of our own Civil War. Read this novel for the passion of the main character, a girl becoming woman and poet with ten times the vitality and intellect of Scarlett O’Hara.
The Revolution of Marina M. is an achingly lyric chronicle of the Russian Revolution seen through the eyes of one of its daughters of privilege as she skirts the peripheries of her own adulthood. Fundamentally though, it is a story of the insurgent politics of a woman’s heart—of who and how she loves, of what governs, betrays, or becomes her. The beauty of this book broke me open. Janet Fitch is stunningly, startlingly talented.
Filled with the kind of historical detail that can unfurl a world, unafraid to face the great questions of its era and the timeless ones that reach beyond, The Revolution of Marina M. is an epic deserving the inevitable comparison to the Russian masterworks—not for its size, but for its scope, not for its subject, but for the sweep with which it meets it. This is a story in which you hear the thundering hoofbeats of time and feel the shaking through the pages. Rarely have I ever known history to come so fully, fiercely alive.
In her incandescent novel, The Revolution of Marina M., Janet Fitch has expertly drawn the world of Russia in 1916, then nudged it to the edge of a precipice... It crashes and each brilliant shard lifts, reflects and swirls. Poets, artists, profiteers, soldiers, cult leaders, sadists, idealists, blood, sex, hope all piecing together in a new life, a new country.
Ambitious, vivid, engrossing, The Revolution of Marina M. puts flesh and bones on one of the most tumultuous times in human history, the Russian Revolution. It’s a vast canvas filled with the rising up the oppressed, naïve hope, abrupt reversals and crushing betrayals. The novel is a virtuoso rendition of the time, buoyed by Fitch’s impeccable research and her bold, unforgettable prose. An absorbing read, one I will not easily forget.