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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At the age of 15, Ethel read about the Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Mazzini. The Gadfly was exceptionally popular in the Soviet Unionthe People’s Republic of China and Iran exerting a large cultural influence. Chennai Dance Music Festival. There he becomes devoted to his guardian and mentor Montanelli, who, unknown to him, is also his biological father. By Benjamin Ramm 25 January It is all in it: During this dalliance, Reilly apparently “bared his soul to his mistress,” and revealed to her the story of his strange youth in Russia.

US politician Adlai Stevenson visited Moscow to arrange for payment of her long-overdue royalties. The Gadfly 1 ed. Spectator Archive by Netcopy. Yet as the Cultural Revolution 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. But it was only after that it really came into its own: And so millions of Soviet young people read The Gadfly and found out what a good revo- lutionary was supposed to be like.

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.

In a delegation of Soviet journalists visited the United States, for the first time since the onset of the Cold War.

The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich

Some months ago I began thinking about Russian children’s books. The Russian journalists eagerly put the question to Mrs Voynich. When Ethel died inshe was mourned in Russia as a national hero.


Then the Soviet literary historians had a go. They dragged out various nineteenth century Italian, Russian and even Polish revolutionaries Mr Voynkch had been a Polebut for one reason or another none of them gafdly. From the moment The Gadfly first appeared, its combination of anti-clericalism, revolution- ism and high-coloured romance proved irre- sistible to the Russians.

Vonich 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. Reilly and Voynich travelled to Italy, where he claims to have told Ethel his life story, elements of which bear striking similarities to the Gadfly. A new edition, carrying the same title, came out in They are full of the dust of bygone ages; they are rotten; they are pestilent and foul!

For other uses, see The Gadfly disambiguation.

All The next month The next 3 months The next 6 Months. 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 Voyynich in which he has suc- cessfully insinuated himself into the heart and mind of every Soviet boy and girl brought up since the Revolution. Inthe Soviet director Aleksandr Faintsimmer adapted the gaefly into a film of the same title Russian: Her death was mourned as that of a great national figure.

What are they like, the children’s books on which little Russian boys and girls are edu- cated in the virtues of patriotism, courage, spying and purity? Piastra, Il romanzo inglese di Brisighella: The Gadfly Suite is an arrangement of selections from Shostakovich’s score by the composer Levon Atovmian.

For soon after reading the review I got down to the immensely fascinating book itself.

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He becomes a journalist, expounding radical ideas in brilliant satirical tracts published under the pseudonym “the gadfly”. Retrieved 13 July Young revolutionaries swore by Voyhich Gadfly.


The Gadfly, by Irish writer Ethel Voynich, was a sensation on the other side of the Iron Curtain — it sold over 5 million copies in editions in the 22 languages spoken in the Soviet Union.

Zoom page 17 May It was widely believed that she was dead. The story compares these emotions to those Arthur experiences as a revolutionary, particularly drawing on the relationship between religious and revolutionary feelings. The evidence demonstrates that a liaison of some sort took place between Reilly and her in Florence, Is it possible to imagine anything more weird than the fact of Soviet Russia’s most revered literary hero being based upon the real- life character of their greatest enemy?

But he unwittingly betrays his comrades, after his private confession is relayed to the police. For I had certainly read such books—hundreds of them, in fact. Ethel Lilian Voynich, the author of The Gadfly, ninety-one years of age. Reilly’s Catholic upbringing, his illegitimacy, discovered by accident at the age of nineteen, his betrayal and arrest, his pre- tended suicide and journey to South America —even the details of Reilly’s odd personality and his physical appearance, down to his stammer.

Since he has already been executed twice—by the forces of reaction as ‘Arthur Burton’ and by the OGPU as Sidney Reilly—they can hardly do much more along these lines. I wonder what they are going to do about it now, when ‘The Gadfly’ has finally been exposed for what he was?

Yet it was in the newly-created Communist states of the Soviet Union and China that the book found its most dedicated readership.