Charlotte Hobson: ‘The Vanishing Futurist’

RA Book Club


Saturday 1 April 2017
3 — 4.30pm

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Part of our

Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932

events programme
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'The Vanishing Futurist' book cover

Image courtesy of Faber & Faber

Award-winning author Charlotte Hobson leads this intimate book club discussing her novel ‘The Vanishing Futurist’, set in Russia during the tumultuous times surrounding the 1917 revolution.

When 22-year-old Gerty Freely travels to Russia to work as a governess in early 1914, she has no idea of the vast political upheavals that lie ahead. In 1917, revolution sweeps away the Moscow that Gerty arrived in. The middle classes flee the city, but she stays, throwing herself into an experiment in communal living led by charismatic inventor Nikita Slavkin, inspired by his belief in a future free of bourgeois clutter and alight with creativity. Slavkin’s sudden disappearance inspires the Soviet cult of the Vanishing Futurist, the scientist who sacrificed himself for the Communist ideal. Gerty must now discover where that ideal will ultimately lead.

This book club coincides with the RA’s Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 exhibition. Author Charlotte Hobson will lead this book club, giving participants a unique opportunity to discuss The Vanishing Futurist directly with the author.

Charlotte Hobson is the award-winning author of Black Earth City: A Year in the Heart of Russia (Granta). The Vanishing Futurist is published by Faber & Faber.

Please read the book prior to attending this event.

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Saturday 1 April 2017

3 — 4.30pm

General Assembly Room, Burlington House. Enter via the main stairs.

£19, including exhibition entry. £15 event only, £10 concessions.

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