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Vladimir Volkoff

Vladimir Volkoff (1932–2005) was born in Paris, the son of White Russian émigrés. Educated at the Université de Liège, he was a member of the faculty of Agnes Scott College and taught creative writing at Mercer University. Known primarily for his espionage fiction, Volkoff was a prolific writer who authored the wildly popular Lieutenant X spy novels for youth. He was made a chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur and won many literary prizes.

Books by Vladimir Volkoff

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The Pope’s Guest
By author: Vladimir Volkoff, Vladimir Volkoff   Translated by: John Marson Dunaway, John Marson Dunaway
Product Code: P471
ISBN: 9780881464535
Product Format: Paperback
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Ilya is the uncouth, uneducated son of ardent Communist workers who becomes a war hero in the Red Army. After the war, however, he experiences a radical conversion to Christianity and becomes a priest, but also eventually a KGB general and Metropolitan of Leningrad. Captivated by the prophecy of Russia’s return to Christianity contained in the appearance of the Virgin Mary to a few simple shepherds in Portugal, Ilya decides he must make overtures to the new pontiff in an effort toward ecumenical collaboration that will facilitate the fulfillment of the prophecy. When he leaves for Rome, his KGB superiors plot to have him assassinated, and the Mafia contacts involved also plot the assassination of John Paul. Dostoevsky meets Le Carré in this rich tapestry of intrigue, betrayal, heroism, and faith.
The Torturer
By author: Vladimir Volkoff   Translated by: John Marson Dunaway
Product Code: P525
ISBN: 9780881465648
Product Format: Paperback / softback
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THE TORTURER provides an unforgettable case study in the controversy over torture. The hero, Robert Lavilhaud (pronounced “Lavilio,” he insists), is an incredibly idealistic young officer and a fiercely devout Catholic. He is devoted to the highest traditional ideals of military service and to the Grand Dream of what Algeria can become as a fully integrated, prosperous département of France. After his military service is completed, Lavilhaud plans to marry and finish his graduate studies in order to settle in French Algeria as a professor of literature. As officer in charge of a unit that is charged with interrogating insurrectionists and terrorists, he finds that circumstances overcome his convictions. At the same time, De Gaulle reneges on his earlier commitment to keep Algeria French. Loyalists like Lavilhaud, the Harkis, and the four French generals who staged a coup in opposition to De Gaulle’s volte-face find themselves abandoned. Lavilhaud becomes the fall-guy in the political turmoil and ends up serving time in prison. Yet in the end, there is new hope for him in the form of a totally unexpected visitor to his prison cell.