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This is the story of Razamouv, a student of philosophy at Petersburg University, who is so interested in studying. But in time, he is startled by the traumatizing arrival of Victor Victrovitch Haldin, a bloody revolutionary who managed to assasinate a famous Russian minister, Mr. d-P. For Razamouv, Haldin is a terrorist. Hence, he betrays Haldin to the Russian police after he promised to give him a helping hand. Haldin was executioned by the Russian authoities, and Razumov was ordered to travel to Geneva, Switzerland, to spy on the other Russian expatriates there. The thing to be stressed here is that the Russian revolutionaries living in Geneva misunderstood Razumov's act and thought that he helped Haldin in his mission to kill the notorious d-P. This, indeed, came to ease his mission there. In time, out of his love for Natalya Haldin, the sister of the dead Haldin, Razumov tells the Russian anarchists his story. The net result of this was that he was beaten hard by the double agent Nikita and, as a result, was deaf until his death.
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The review of this Book prepared by Sayed Youssef

Razumov, a steadfast philosphy student in St. Petersburg is involuntarily enmeshed in a radical's political intrigue, and he betrays the anarchist who places blind faith in Razumov. The authorities then dispatch him with mission to Geneva where he spies on the betrayed radical's sister and mother. There he falls in love and finds his place through confession in the gray area.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Conflict:    -   Russian commies!

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   20's-30's Has magical powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   can read emotions


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Eastern Europe Ice Caps/Sea?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   dangerous Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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