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The House of Special Purpose, by John Boyne

The House of Special Purpose - John Boyne

We need to create a term for characters in novels who find themselves at the crossroads of history. That way, I could use it to describe Georgy Daniilovich Jachmenev. Georgy began his life as a poor muzhik's son in a town that is frequently described by the other characters as a shithole. When the tsar's cousin visits the town on his way to somewhere else, Georgy unexpectedly becomes a hero. The House of Special Purpose, by John Boyne, tells Georgy's story from that strange, violent day in 1915 to 1981...


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