ISBN: 0140061509 / ISBN-13: 9780140061505
Set in Russia at the time of the First World War, "Testament" is the story of a friendship between two men - the narrator, Alexei Ottravesko, a ... Show synopsis Set in Russia at the time of the First World War, "Testament" is the story of a friendship between two men - the narrator, Alexei Ottravesko, a career soldier who has returned to the army after several years in exile in Siberia for political activities, and Anton Scheffler, a radical lawyer who has volunteered for wartime military service. When Scheffler refuses to obey an order to lead a detachment of men he considers unfit for duty back to the front, he is arrested and threated with court-martial. But communists and their allies, who hail him as a champion of the workers' interest, decide to take up his cause. First published in 1939, "Testament" reveals to us glimpses - from the battlefield and the Orshaskaya drawing-rooms, from street corners and prison camps - of the separate, precious lives of individuals fighting for the moral good. It is a novel steeped with political ideals, with philosophical truths, and with personal heroism.
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