The House of Special Purpose

By John Boyne
(Other Press (NY), Paperback, 9781590515983, 469pp.)

Publication Date: April 2, 2013

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From the author of The Absolutist, a propulsive novel of the Russian Revolution and the fate of the Romanovs.
 
Part love story, part historical epic, part tragedy, The House of Special Purpose illuminates an empire at the end of its reign. Eighty-year-old Georgy Jachmenev is haunted by his past—a past of death, suffering, and scandal that will stay with him until the end of his days. Living in England with his beloved wife, Zoya, Georgy prepares to make one final journey back to the Russia he once knew and loved, the Russia that both destroyed and defined him. As Georgy remembers days gone by, we are transported to St. Petersburg, to the Winter Palace of the czar, in the early twentieth century—a time of change, threat, and bloody revolution. As Georgy overturns the most painful stone of all, we uncover the story of the house of special purpose.




About the Author
John Boyne is the author of "Crippen, The Thief of Time, Next of Kin", and the "New York Times" and internationally bestselling "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas". Boyne won two Irish Book Awards (the People's Choice and the Children's) for "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas", which has recently been made into a Miramax feature film, and his novels have been translated into more than thirty languages. Ireland's "Sunday Business Post" named him one of the forty people under forty in Ireland "likely to be the movers and shakers who will define the country's culture, politics, style and economics in 2005 and beyond." Crippen was nominated for the "Sunday Independent" Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award. He lives with his partner in Dublin.
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