French rights to Diavolina by György Spiró have been sold to Actes Sud

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Published by Magvető Kiadó, 2015; 208pp

Diavolina, the maid who rose to be a physician, worked as a servant for Maxim Gorky, his wives, lovers, and the crowds of guests who constantly swarmed around the world-famous Russian author. She then became his nurse and his last love. In his latest novel, Hungarian author György Spiró conjures the world of Czarist Russia in its last years and the Soviet Union in its first from the perspective of this shrewd and discerning woman, including the disturbing parallels between the new autocracy and the old: revolutions, intrigues and, more than anything else, untold numbers of dead.

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