The courilof affair by irne nmirovsky is a fictitious novel based on real events of russian history in 1931 the first perso the doubting terrorist the courilof affair by irne nmirovsky abridged version of my review posted on ediths miscellany on 19 september 2013. Pre dating jean paul sartre les mains sales and albert camus les justes by 15 years irne nmirovskys sixth novel first published in 1933 explores the complexities of a devout terrorist . The courilof affair was a defining one of his life but he circles around it first offering only a brief summary then finally with some apparent reluctance revealing what actually happened in detail. The courilof affair is presented as notes for an autobiography by lon m a retired bolshevik enforcer who was raised in siberia and switzerland by exiles and terrorists i was a . The courilof affair is fascinating an old tubercular revolutionary recalls how he was once drafted to assassinate courilof one of the czars officials a man responsible for sanctioning the murder of demonstrating students among other acts
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