WRITER HISTORIAN RUSSIANIST
Hutchinson will publish in hardback and ebook in early 2017 – the 100-year anniversary of the Russian Revolution – with a Windmill paperback to follow. The book will be published in the USA by St. Martin’s Press in 2017. Translation rights have been sold to the Netherlands, Norway and Brazil.
Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd 1917 will tell the story of the
first year of the Russian Revolution using eye-witness accounts of the foreign nationals at the heart of the war-torn capital.
From the first revolution in February 1917 through to Lenin’s Bolshevik coup that October, chaotic scenes overtook Petrograd. British, French, American and other foreigners filled the hotels, clubs, bars and embassies in and around fashionable Nevsky Prospekt, the heart of this ‘red madhouse’. It was in the vicinity of this central street that many of the most dramatic disturbances took place. Foreign diplomats, military attaches and their wives; governesses, journalists, businessmen, bankers, volunteer nurses and ex-pat socialites experienced the revolution as it happened on their doorsteps and beneath their windows.
Many people in this extraordinary and highly disparate group penned vivid descriptions in their private diaries and letters home: from the English nurse who survived the Titanic only to end up in Petrograd’s white heat, to the black valet of the American Ambassador to Russia – his semi-literate and highly idiosyncratic letters full of his boss’s bewilderment at having been plucked from the American Deep South and cast adrift into this maelstrom. Also
arriving on the scene was the English suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, who had travelled to Petrograd to inspect the indomitable Women’s Death Battalion led by Maria Bochkareva. It is stories and voices such as these that will underpin Helen Rappaport’s compelling, timely and important book.
Hutchinson Senior Editor Sarah Rigby says:
‘I could not be more delighted to be welcoming
Helen back to Hutchinson. She has an extraordinary
ability to bring her readers close to the action,
allowing us to encounter her subjects as real
individuals living under exceptional
circumstances. Through their eyes we will
see, feel and hear the Revolution as
Helen Rappaport says:
‘It’s a real pleasure to be reunited with
my backlist at Windmill and to be working
with Hutchinson and the new team there.
Hunting down revolution eyewitnesses has been
something of an obsession for the last ten years or
so, during which time I have accumulated a wonderful
and eclectic range of published and unpublished material that
will surprise readers with its humour, incisiveness, drama
and vivid of-the-moment take on events in the city.’
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