Industry of Souls
Thursday, December 5 | 2:00pm | Houghton Room | No Charge
Author: Martin Booth
Presented by David and Stephanie Williams
Alexander Bayliss is a British citizen wrongfully arrested for espionage by the KGB in the 1950s and sentenced to 25 years of hard labor in Siberia. After finally being freed in the 1970s, he decides not to return to the West – a world he barely remembers and to which he no longer belongs – and instead finds his way to a small Russian village where he becomes a beloved schoolmaster. On his 80th birthday communism has evaporated and he is presented with a choice, perhaps for the first time in his life. This brilliantly written novel is a celebration of life in the face of death, of humanity in the midst of a system that robs men of their dignity, and a profound exploration of the essence of human friendship.