R. C. Hutchinson
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ISBN 9780571243303 Format Paperback
Published 29/05/2008 Length 740 pages

About Book

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.

  • About R. C. Hutchinson

    Ray Coryton Hutchinson was born in 1907 in FInchley. He published his first novel in 1930 and gave up his job in advertising to write full-time in 1935. His other novels include March the Ninth, Elephant and Castle, Shining Scabbard, The Unforgotten Prisoner, Johanna at Daybreak, A Child Possessed and Testament. He died in 1975.

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