REDEMPTION by Tariq Ali

REDEMPTION

KIRKUS REVIEW

 A satirical and surrealistic novel from Britain about the end of history, by a noted former Sixties activist and associate of Danny the Red, that promises a radical if tongue-in-cheek solution for disillusioned revolutionaries. On the eve of the last decade of the 20th century, with Eastern Europe on the brink of freedom, and reformers in the ascendancy in the Soviet Union, a veteran leader of the international Trotsky movement, Ezra Einstein, has a moment of epiphany. He finds himself typing an invitation to all Trotskyites to attend a congress in the New Year in Paris, where he will reveal his ideas for saving the movement despite the great changes taking place. Ezra, who ``combined some of the qualities of an Old Testament prophet with the defects of a New Testament apostle, whose task was to interpret the words of the saviors in changing conditions,'' is also married to the much younger and stunningly beautiful Maya. Maya is pregnant, and many in the movement feel she is vitiating Ezra's commitment. Groups such as the Hoodlums, whose dead leader directs his successor from his coffin; the Burrowers from Britain, headed by Jed who is infatuated with a Thatcher minister; and the American PISPAW, controlled by Jim Noble, who has erotic dreams of Castro--all agree to attend but also plot to expel Ezra. Ezra, however--who mid-congress not only becomes a father but is able to suckle his precocious daughter--outwits them all with his brilliant if unorthodox solution for their political future- -they will infiltrate the world's major religions and ``fight to establish a connection between Heaven and Earth.'' Lots of insider politics, satire, and surrealistic goings-on from a writer with impeccable revolutionary credentials and considerable affection--if not for the ideas, at least for some of the players. Good fun for political groupies.

Pub Date: Dec. 15th, 1991
ISBN: 0-7011-3394-5
Page count: 280pp
Publisher: Chatto & Windus/Trafalgar
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1991




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