W&N History Hb / ETPb February £25.00 / £14.99 400pp 978 1 474 60044 6 / 978 1 474 60045 3 ebook: £25.00 / 978 1 474 60046 0 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 409 16632 0 / 20 hours
‘Sebestyen’s strength is his sharp focus and racy prose . . . here is history written like a Greek tragedy’ – The Times on Revolution 1989
vICTOR SEbESTYEN Lenin a new life of the creator of the world’s first communist state.
victor Sebestyen’s intimate biography is the first major work in English for nearly two decades on one of the most significant figures of the twentieth century. Everywhere, vladimir Lenin continues to fascinate as a man who made history, and who created a new kind of state that would later be imitated by nearly half the countries in the world. Sebestyen’s focus will be on Lenin the man – a man who loved nature almost as much as he loved making revolution. The long-suppressed story of his ménage a trois with his wife, Nadezhda krupskaya, and his mistress and comrade, Inessa Armand, reveals a different character to the coldly one-dimensional figure of legend.
Told through the prism of Lenin’s key relationships, Sebestyen’s lively biography casts a new light on the Russian Revolution, one of the great turning points of modern history.
• Published to coincide with the centenary of the russian revolution.
Victor sebestyen is the acclaimed author of Twelve Days, Revolution 1989 and 1946. He has worked for numerous british newspapers and is currently associate editor at The Times. He reported widely from Eastern Europe when Communism collapsed and the berlin Wall came down in 1989.
W&N Non-fiction • February 2017
Location: London, W11 Available for interview www.victorsebestyen.com T: @victorsebby