A novel of modern Russia and an important one, from the pen of a descendant of Tolstei and of . The story of two sisters, their emotional disturbances and personal lives against the seething panorama of Russia between the years 1914 and 1919. Skilfully the author shifts his emphasis:- where at first, world rumblings seems distant and in important, and the individuals loom up, gradually the focus shifts, until, the end, one is scarcely aware, scarcely interested, in the personal aspects of the story. her is it a picture of the middle classes caught in the , crushed between the upper and nether millstones. Essentially Russian, in the classical tradition, this book will appeal to all enthusiasts of the Russian form. Rated high on the publisher's spring list.