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The Great Prince Died: A Novel about the Assassination of Trotsky
by Bernard Wolfe
afterword by William T. Vollmann
University of Chicago Press, 2015
Paper: 978-0-226-26064-8 | eISBN: 978-0-226-26078-5
Library of Congress Classification PS3573.O49G74 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.54

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
On August 20, 1940, Marxist philosopher, politician, and revolutionary Leon Trotsky was attacked with an ice axe in his home in Coyoacán, Mexico. He died the next day.

In The Great Prince Died, Bernard Wolfe offers his lyrical, fictionalized account of Trotsky’s assassination as witnessed through the eyes of an array of characters: the young American student helping to translate the exiled Trotsky’s work (and to guard him), the Mexican police chief, a Rumanian revolutionary, the assassin and his handlers, a poor Mexican “peón,” and Trotsky himself. Drawing on his own experiences working as the exiled Trotsky’s secretary and bodyguard and mixing in digressions on Mexican culture, Stalinist tactics, and Bolshevik history, Wolfe interweaves fantasy and fact, delusion and journalistic reporting to create one of the great political novels of the past century.

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