By Victor Serge
In 1933, Victor Serge used to be arrested by means of Stalin’s police, interrogated, and held in solitary confinement for greater than 80 days. published, he spent years in exile in distant Orenburg. those studies have been the muse for Midnight within the Century, Serge’s looking out novel approximately revolutionaries dwelling within the shadow of Stalin’s betrayal of the revolution.
one of the exiles collected within the city of Chenor, or Black-Waters, are the granite-faced previous Bolshevik Ryzhik, stoic but mild Varvara, and Rodion, a tender, self-educated employee who's attempting to make feel of the area and background. they fight within the not going corporation of Russian Orthodox previous Believers who're additionally ache for his or her religion. opposed to incredible odds, the younger Rodion will break out captivity and discover a new existence within the wild. Surviving the darkish iciness evening of the soul, he rediscovers the only, and such a lot radical, type of resistance: hope.