The Iron Bridge by Anton Piatigorsky

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The Iron Bridge is such a rich text, based on such weighty sources...that each story demands essays and dissertations in response.
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The Iron Bridge delivers an inspired inquiry into the early lives of the 20th century's most notorious tyrants. Anton Piatigorsky pushes at the boundaries of the unexpected as he breathes fictionalized life into the adolescents who would grow up to become the most brutal dictators the world has ever known.

We discover a teenaged Mao Tse-Tung refusing an arranged marriage; Idi Amin cooking for the British Army; Stalin living in a seminary; and a melodramatic young Adolf Hitler dreaming of vast architectural achievements. Pol Pot and Rafael Trujillo are also subjects of separate stories. Piatigorsky explores moments that are nothing more than vague incidents in the biographies of these men, expanding mere footnotes into entire realities. The Iron Bridge, completely imagined yet captivatingly real, captures those crucial instants in time that may well have helped to deliver some of the most infamous leaders in history.


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About Anton Piatigorsky

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Anton Piatigorsky has twice won the Dora Mavor Moore Award. Eternal Hydra, commissioned by the Stratford Festival, was called "one of the best Canadian plays of the past decade" by NOW magazine and will open in Vancouver at the Touchstone Theatre in October 2012. The chamber opera, Airline Icarus, for which he wrote the libretto, won the Italian Primo Fedora Award in 2011. He was most recently the playwright in residence for Soulpepper. His new play, Breath in Between, will have its premiers at Toronto's Summerworks Festival in August 2012.
 
Published July 9, 2013 by Steerforth. 263 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Toronto Star

Below average
Reviewed by Jennifer Hunter on Nov 30 2012

I expected Piatigorsky, an award winning playwright, would offer an imaginative perspective about what might have created such brutality and immorality in these men. I quickly became discouraged.

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Reviewed by Roland Elliott Brown on Oct 26 2012

The Iron Bridge is such a rich text, based on such weighty sources...that each story demands essays and dissertations in response.

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Above average
Reviewed by Roland Elliott Brown on Oct 26 2012

Despite minor missteps in the form of anachronism (a description of “Islamists” in the 19th-century Caucasus), cliché (“Tse-tung’s anger and hatred forge inside him an iron will”), and overreliance on “anger” and “shame” as bildung-factors, Piatigorsky solves historical fiction’s dilemmas with enviable skill and originality.

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