The Gadfly is a novel by Ethel Lilian Voynich, published in , set in s Italy under the dominance of Austria, a time of tumultuous revolt and upri. The Gadfly – By E. L. Voynich – Arthur Burton, an English Catholic, travels to Italy to study to be a priest. He discovers radical ideas, renounces Catholicism and. The Gadfly [Ethel Voynich] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers . Ethel Voynich’s classic tale of revolution, romance, religion, youth, and loss.

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Ethel Lilian Voynich, the author of The Gadfly, ninety-one years of age. For a very long time, however, its author remained some- thing of a mystery.

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Sidney Reilly was a man of infinite disguises —French cure, German staff officer, Russian Bolshevik—but not one of them can compare with that of ‘The Gadfly,’ in which he has suc- cessfully insinuated himself into the heart and mind of every Soviet boy and girl brought up since the Revolution.

It was all so long ago. Zoom page 17 May A thread of a tragic relationship between Arthur and his love, Gemma, simultaneously runs through the story.

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Mrs Voynich died inbewildered and still somevOtat unbelieving, despite the stacks of copies of various editions of The Gadfly which now occupied most of her flat. While away he suffers great hardship, but returns with renewed revolutionary fervour. Retrieved 13 July The pamphlet gives some idea of the Soviet attitude toward Voynich. Ethel had been living in obscurity, and due to Soviet copyright laws, she was unaware of her legendary status in Russia.


The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich

The protagonist is a young Englishman, Arthur Burton, who moves to a Catholic seminary after the death of his mother. Then the Soviet literary historians had voynidh go. It appears that in Reilly had had a brief but passionate love affair with a young English woman writer, to whom he had confided the strange story of his early life.

She had faded from sight early in the century, and no one had heard of her since. In the Soviet Union The Gadfly was compulsory reading and the top best seller, indeed by the time of Voynich’s death The Gadfly is estimated to have sold 2, copies in the Soviet Union alone.

US politician Adlai Stevenson visited Moscow to arrange for payment of her long-overdue royalties. For soon after reading the review I got down to the immensely fascinating book itself. And so millions of Soviet young people read The Gadfly and found out what a good revo- lutionary was supposed to be like.

The Gadfly Series by Ethel Lilian Voynich

Padre, the dawn is close upon us — will you miss your part in the sunrise? He discovers radical ideas, renounces Catholicism, fakes his death and leaves Italy. Yet as the Cultural Gadlfy progressed, and the cult of Mao deepened, the rebellious Gadfly was suppressed, for fear it would be turned against the father figure of modern China.


She could hardly gadlfy it. The novel gained popularity initially in Ireland with socialists and nationalists fighting for independence, and it remains the bestselling Irish novel of all time.

In the end he is caught, sentenced and executed; the last rites are administered. That night Polevoi wrote in his diary: But his spirit never flags, his revolutionary ardour never cools— because at every critical moment of his life he turns for inspiration and moral sustenance to The Gadfly. Was it dream or reality? The Soviet journalists were, if anything, even more astonished: The Gadfly was exceptionally popular voynjch the Soviet Unionthe People’s Republic of China and Iran exerting a large cultural influence.

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Young revolutionaries swore by The Gadfly. He then discovers his family secret, and loses all faith in the church. I must have been about ten when I first read The Gadfly, but as I was already familiar with some much better books, even at that tender age I found it hard to swallow Mrs Voynich’s preposterous plot and gushing romantic soppi- ness.

But anyway, things could never be the same again: