The creator of the Red Army and the leader –with Lenin- of the Russian Revolution of October 1917 and the intellectual who generated the idea of “permanent revolution”. Yes, that one, is the protagonist of this work of Marcos Aguinis. Is the same Leon Trotsky, during his childhood and youth, which allows the author a literary feat: a novel of initiation that follows in the footsteps of a passionate transformation, culminating in the construction of a key character, who changed the history of twentieth century.
Aguinis introduces us to a fascinating story, the ins and outs, the chiaroscuro of a unique moment whose climax is the Bolshevik revolution, the communism major milestone. The text clings on the oscillating ideological glimpses of the protagonist and his circumstances, but his greatest work, is to discover the essence of man above all things; a man with dreams that could actually become reality. Liova (as they called young Trotsky) takes us from childhood to the summit, through the first writings in Odesa, exiles in Siberia, escape across the steppe full of wolves, his training through half of Europe , the love found and lost, contradictions, family betrayals, the big names (Maxim Gorky, Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg) and gestures of domesticity that disarms. This novel full of an astonishing intensity, while sheds new light on the character and history, is read -as virtue of all narratives chiseled by Marcos Aguinis- as a vibrant story of adventure.