Thursday, October 27, 2011
Review: "Angel of Vengeance" by Ana Siljak
My Thoughts: This was a pretty interesting book. I picked it up thinking it would be just a biography of Vera Zasulich but it turned out to be a lot more. In addition to talking about Vera and her infamous crime, the author also delved into the rise of Russian terrorism and the revolutionary movement. There was a lot of information about what events and ideas led Vera to shoot the governor of St. Petersburg but sometimes I forgot that I was reading a biography because it felt like most of the book was about terrorism in Russia during the 19th century. I would have liked to read more about Vera's life and less about the various revolutionary movements in general. The book moved between giving background information, Vera's childhood and her trial which was confusing at times. I also thought it was odd that the author seemed to be praising Vera's actions; in this day and age the word 'terrorist' has a LOT of negative connotations but this book almost praised and/or seemed to agree with the terrorist activity she was describing. Overall, this was a very informative book. 3 stars.