By Victor Serge, Richard Greeman
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1919-1920. St. Petersburg, urban of the tsars, has fallen to the revolution. Camped out within the fabulous palaces of the previous regime, the hot masters of the town search to cement their regulate, while the counter-revolutionary White military musters its forces. Conquered urban, Victor Serge's hardest and such a lot unrelenting narrative, is established like a detective story--one during which the recent political regime seeks to trace down and cast off its enemies--the spies, speculators, and traitors hidden one of the exhausted mass of universal humans. Conquered urban is set terror: the crimson Terror and the White Terror. yet generally concerning the purple, in regards to the Communists who've dared to select up the guns of power--police, weapons, jails, spies, treachery--in the gamble that wielding them with purity, in a righteous reason, they could positioned an finish to the necessity for terror, probably endlessly. And but those that wield those guns understand that they're doomed. Conquered urban is their tragedy and testomony.
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