Pale Horse: A Novel of Revolutionary Russia

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University of Pittsburgh Press
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5.7 X 0.8 X 8.6 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Michael Katz is C.V. Starr Professor Emeritus of Russian and East European Studies at Middlebury College.


"Expertly introduced and translated, Pale Horse takes its place for English-language readers in a Russian tradition of novels about radical intellectuals that stretches from Turgenev and Dostoevsky to Bely and writers of the early Soviet period. Its characters are as ambiguous as Savinkov himself -- terrorist and confessional writer, Social Revolutionary and proto-fascist. Essential reading for anyone interested in Russian modernism or in the terrorist mentality."
--William Mills Todd III, Harvard University

"For anyone interested in the psychology of terrorism, in the morality of killing for a cause, or in the seductive thrill of extreme situations, this novel, written by a prominent terrorist will prove fascinating. Expertly translated and annotated by Michael Katz, it brings to life disturbing and complex questions often overlooked by those who romanticize (or dismiss) revolutionary violence."
--Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University

"In his thinly-disguised autobiographical work, the Socialist Revolutionary assassin and later anti-Bolshevik activist Boris Savinkov provides fascinating insight into the psychology and motivations of socialist terrorists in prerevolutionary Russia. The book is a valuable resource for anyone wishing to understand the revolutionary underground in Russia at this time."
--William G. Wagner, Williams College