A thrilling saga set in the Jewish republic of Birobidzhan
At the height of the Red Scare in the 1950s, the House Un-American Activities Committee questions a Russian woman named Marina. She stands accused of being a spy and is suspected of murdering OSS agent Michael Apron. But even more scandalous than the accusations against her is the truth that her interrogation will reveal.
In Russia, Marina was a successful actress—and one night, she found herself seduced by Stalin. To avoid a dangerous scandal, she pretended to be Jewish and fled to Birobidzhan, a lost city in the far southeastern corner of the Soviet Union bordering China, originally populated by those escaping the Nazis. This forgotten city was home to a wealth of Jewish culture and also happened to be in an ideal geographical position for the Allied forces to observe Japan’s movements in Manchuria. It was there that Marina met and fell in love with Michael Apron.
Following a fascinating heroine from Stalinist Russia to the United States during the McCarthy era, this thrilling story of love and espionage shows readers two worlds rocked by political turmoil.

This book was translated from the original French by Anna Declerck.


Frédéric Lenoir

Frédéric Lenoir

Frédéric Lenoir is a philosopher, sociologist, and religious historian. He is the editor of Le Monde des religions in France, a bimonthly magazine that is part of Le Monde. He is also the producer and host of the weekly program Les Racines du ciel on France Culture radio.

An author of essays, novels, short stories, and encyclopedias, he has written over forty works, including the spiritual thriller L'oracle de la Luna (Albin Michel, 2006), Comment Jésus est devenu Dieu (Fayard, 2010), Petit traité de vie intérieure (Plon, 2010), and Dieu (Robert Laffont, 2011). His books have been translated into over twenty languages and have sold over four million copies. He also writes for the theatre, the cinema, and comic strips.


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