The Accidental Anarchist: A Humorous (and True) Account of a Man Who Was Sentenced to Death 3 Times -- And Survived (英語) ペーパーバック – 2015/2/22
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The Accidental Anarchist is the true story of Jacob Marateck, an Orthodox Jew who was sentenced to death three times in the early 1900s in Russia -- and lived to tell about it. He also happens to have been the author's grandfather. The book is based on the diaries that Marateck began keeping in 1905. That was when he decided to overthrow the Czar . . . The story is told in Marateck's voice, and is characterized by his remarkable humor and irony that contrasted with the circumstances and were key to his survival. It includes a rare, soldier's-eye view of a little-known war that changed the geopolitical status of several nations.
Bryna Kranzler is a graduate of Barnard College where she studied playwriting, and received the Helen Prince Memorial Prize for Dramatic Composition. Her first play was a finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater Competition, and was scheduled for production twice: the first time, the theater owner died, and the season was shut down; the second time, the director committed suicide. For the benefit of the arts community, she got out of playwriting and earned an MBA from Yale University to make up for her misspent youth. She spent 15 years in marketing for health-care, high tech and consumer products companies before returning to writing. Her first book, The Accidental Anarchist, is the winner of multiple awards, including the Sharp Writ Book Award for General Non-Fiction, the Readers Favorite Award for Historical/Cultural Non-Fiction, the International Book Award, and National Indie Excellence Award for a Historical Biography, and the "USA Best Books" Award for a Historical Biography.
What might have been a tale of misery takes on the hue of humor and appreciation for what life can bring. There is even a touch of romance in the way a hastily scribbled note pushed into the hesitant hand of a young girl, a stranger he passes on his way to a death sentence, leads eventually to a search for that girl, who was to become Bryna's grandmother.
Above all, it is Yakov's complete lack of self-sympathy, his ironic humor and the very descriptive prose from his notes and journals, held together by Bryna's orderly yet artful hand, that drew me in and kept me reading.