Auteur: Siljak, Ana
Titel: Angel of vengeance
Sub titel: The "girl assassin", the Governor of St. Petersburg, and Russia's revolutionary world
In the Russian Winter of 1878, a shy, aristocratic young woman named Vera Zasulich walked into the office of the governor of St. Petersburg, pulled a revolver from underneath her shawl, and shot General Fedor Trepov point-blank. "Revenge!" she cried - revenge for the governor's brutal treatment of a political prisoner. Vera's trial for murder later that year became Russia's "trial of the century," closely followed by people all across Europe and America. On the first day of the trial, huge crowds packed the courtroom. The cream of Russian society, attired in the finery of the day, arrived to witness the theatrical testimony and deliberations in the case of the young angel of vengeance. After the trial, Vera became a celebrated martyr for all social classes in Russia and the public face of a burgeoning revolutionary fervor. Dostoyevsky (who attended the trial), Turgenev, Engels, and even Oscar Wilde all wrote about her extraordinary case. Her astonishing acquittal was celebrated across Europe, with crowds filling the streets, and the decision marked the changing face of Russia. After fleeing to Switzerland, Vera Zasulich became Russia's most famous terroristka, inspiring an entire generation of Russian and European revolutionaries to embrace violence and martyrdom. Her influence led to a series of acts that collectively became part of "the age of assassinations."
2008, 370 pag., Euro 26,05
St. Martin's Press, New York, ISBN 9780312363994
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