|When:||Back to Calendar January 31, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm||Where:||Arlington Central Library Auditorium
1015 North Quincy Street
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Author William Burton McCormick discusses his historical novel, which evolves from the last years of the Russian Empire to the aftermath of the Russian Revolution.
Latvia, 1905. Amidst the ashes of the failed workers rebellions, Latvian aristocrat Wiktor Rooks finds that he has lost everything: home and heritage, his life’s very purpose. Coerced into the Russian Army, Wiktor is soon swept up into the turbulent years of the Great War and the Bolshevik Revolution.
By a twist of fate, he becomes a member of the elite Red Riflemen of the Revolution, a regiment nicknamed “Lenins Harem” for their absolute loyalty to the cause. Wiktor hides his aristocratic past, finds friendship among the soldiers, and love with a communist girl. When the wars end, he returns to his homeland, but betrayals await and Stalins soldiers are soon knocking on the door. Set in Russia and Latvia between 1905 and 1941, “Lenin’s Harem” is a story of nationhood, brotherhood, and love throughout the most turbulent years of the twentieth century.
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