The Fall of Titan

Igor Gouzenko

The Fall of Titan

Igor Gouzenko was born into the turbulence of post-Revolution Russia, a year after his baby brother died of starvation. He grew up with the Soviet State. For 25 years he was subjected to the full blast of Communist doctrine - and saw the result in human suffering. Son of a schoolteacher of peasant stock, he became by years of hard study, a trusted officer in the Soviet Intelligence Administration.

The whole of Igor Gouzenko's life in the Soviet Union lies behind this tremendous novel. The town of Rostov-on-Don, in which it is set, is the town in which Gouzenko once lived. The people whose lives fill these crowded pages are real people who lived and joked and feared under the all-seeing eye of the Kremlin. (From Casell & Company)


Excerpt:

At last they met. First a woman with a child in her arms interrupted them. She sat down on the bench where Drozd was waiting for Professor Feodor Novikov. The child, wrapped in rags, cried. Drozd arose from the bench, covertly giving Novikov a signal to follow him. Just then two young students from Rostov University caught sight of the Professor and engaged him in conversation. Drozd waited patiently at some distance, pretending to read a paper, until the Professor was able to get rid of the students.

Eventually they left, and Novikov followed Drozd in the direction of the River Don, trying not to lose sight of him. Drozd led the way beyond the wharves, and came out at Nakhichewan on the outskirts of Rostov, continuing along the lonely shore where only seagulls could see them. When he came to a shallow gully, well screened by bushes, Drozd signalled the Professor to come up.

"The place selected was most unsuitable," he said with a trace of annoyance.


From The Fall of a Titan by Igor Gouzenko ©1954. Published by Cassell & Company Ltd.