Dinner with the Dissidents

Author(s): John Tesarsch

Modern & Contemporary Literature

It is 1970, and cracks are appearing in the Soviet Union as it struggles to quell dissident voices. Censored at home, the Nobel laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn is lauded in the West for exposing the underbelly of communism, and is rumoured to be writing his most damaging work yet. The Kremlin is worried; Solzhenitsyn must be stopped. The KGB turns to Leonid Krasnov, an aspiring young writer. They promise to make him Moscow's next literary star if he will infiltrate Solzhenitsyn's inner circle and report back on what the great author is hiding. At first Leonid complies, but when he falls in love with Klara, a brilliant dissident cellist, his allegiances waver. By then he is already enmeshed in a plot more sinister than he could ever have imagined. Many years later, Leonid is living a reclusive life in Canberra under an assumed name. Haunted by his past, he seeks one last, desperate chance to make amends. Dinner with the Dissidents is a gripping portrayal of tumultuous times, and a thrilling story of love, courage and deception.


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John Tesarsch is a writer and barrister. He used to be a professional cellist based in Vienna, but had to give

up music due to a debilitating allergy to the rosin used on cello bows. He returned to Melbourne to study

Law and became a barrister, then was diagnosed with tongue cancer and spent a year undergoing extensive

treatments.

His first novel, The Philanthropist, was published in 2010 and received much critical acclaim.

General Fields

  • : 9781925584851
  • : Affirm Press
  • : 41498
  • : April 2018
  • : September 2018
  • : books

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  • : John Tesarsch
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