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Chimes of a lost cathedral
2019
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"A Russian fantasy for anyone who's ever dreamed of meeting their heroes, centuries be damned." -- Los Angeles Times

The epic journey continues... A young Russian woman comes into her own in the midst of revolution and civil war.
After the loves and betrayals of The Revolution of Marina M. , young poet Marina Makarova finds herself alone amid the devastation of the Russian Civil War--pregnant and adrift, forced to rely on her own resourcefulness to find a place to wait out the birth of her child and eventually make her way back to her native city, Petrograd.
After two years of revolution, the city that was once St. Petersburg is almost unrecognizable, the haunted, half-emptied, starving Capital of Once Had Been, its streets teeming with homeless children. Moved by their plight, though hardly better off herself, she takes on the challenge of caring for these orphans, until they become the tool of tragedy from an unexpected direction.
Shaped by her country's ordeals and her own trials--betrayal and privation and inconceivable loss--Marina evolves as a poet and a woman of sensibility and substance hardly imaginable at the beginning of her transformative odyssey.
Chimes of a Lost Cathedral is the culmination of one woman's s journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century--the epic story of an artist who discovers her full power, passion, and creativity just as her revolution reveals its true direction for the future.
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Fitch's transporting sequel to The Revolution of Marina M. (2017) is even better than the first book. Ceaselessly entertaining through its lengthy page count, it presents a disillusioned, more mature Marina Makarova as she is broken and remade alongside Russia during its civil war. As the novel opens, 19-year-old Marina, pregnant with her lover's child, has just escaped from a cult on her family's former estate. Her journeys take her deep into the Russian countryside and back to her devastated home city. In this full-blooded feminine epic, Marina narrates her dramatic life with striking visual detail, whether she's riding aboard the agit-train Red October, preparing for the White Army's advance on Petrograd, or teaching poetry to downtrodden shoe-factory women desperate for a glimpse of beauty. Enduring near-starvation and terrible poverty and loss, Marina forms strong connections with peasants and the artistic intelligentsia alike, but can't manage to leave her past behind. The revolution's not an event, Marina. It's a creature, Maxim Gorky tells her, and Fitch shows her protagonist's inner turmoil as she and Russian workers awaken to the revolution's political reality, which is far from what they'd hoped. Awash with emotion and poetic imagery that aptly reflect Marina's changing circumstances, Fitch's tale channels the woman's vibrant spirit throughout. Historical-fiction fans should devour this.--Sarah Johnson Copyright 2019 Booklist
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