The Mayakovsky Tapes by Robert Littell
A Novel

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In March 1953, four women meet in Room 408 of Moscow’s deluxe Metropole Hotel. They have gathered, not altogether willingly, to reminisce about Vladimir Mayakovsky, the poet who in death had become a national idol of Soviet Russia. In life, however, he was a much more complicated figure.

Each of these ladies loved Mayakovsky in the course of his life, and as they piece together their memories of him, a portrait of the artist emerges. From his early years as a leader of the Futurist movement to years as a propagandist for the Revolution, to the censorship battles that turned him against the State, Mayakovsky is revealed as a passionate, complex man who lived at the center of history and fought to hold onto his ideals even in the face of a world changing for the worse.

Robert Littell's The Mayakovsky Tapes is an ambitious, impressive novel that captures the tumultuous life of one of the most significant writers of the Soviet era.


About Robert Littell

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ROBERT LITTELL is the author of sixteen previous novels and the nonfiction book For the Future of Israel, written with Shimon Peres, president of Israel. He has been awarded both the English Gold Dagger and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his fiction. His novel The Company was a New York Times bestseller and was adapted into a television miniseries. He lives in France.
Published November 22, 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books. 256 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As in the Sufi tale of the four blind men describing an elephant, the four women in this complex but rewarding novel from bestseller Littell (A Nasty Piece of Work) each possesses a different

Sep 16 2016 | Read Full Review of The Mayakovsky Tapes: A Novel

A Los Angeles Times Book Prize and Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger winner whose The Company was a New York Times best seller that became a television miniseries, Littell sets his new novel around the time of Stalin's death

Jun 15 2016 | Read Full Review of The Mayakovsky Tapes: A Novel