within the 12 months 1938, whilst Russia was once paralyzed by way of Stalin's terror, a small nation files in Moscow obtained an previous manuscript known as Revelation of fireplace that had in past days been saved mystery in a monastery for a very long time.
When, in present time, a Dutch Slavonic student and a feminine archivist detect that the manuscript, even though lower than lock and key, has disappeared. wanting to detect the secrets and techniques of this mysterious non secular textual content they choose to examine and start to reconstruct its heritage and its adjustments in possession during the last 2 hundred years.
Russian historical past, event, mysticism, and love tales are one of the elements of this novel, which casts a gentle at the reports of a number of participants in numerous time sessions who've something in universal: an allure to the Revelations contained therein. there are various surprises alongside the way in which. the easiest laid schemes of past and would-be proprietors frequently come to naught, the easiest of intentions prove disastrously, the helpful fail to obtain their simply deserts, and evil, ultimately, brings forth stable.
The motion is performed out through the so much extraordinary sessions of Russian historical past: within the 1870's, for instance, whilst the 1st socialist teams made their visual appeal; within the Civil conflict of 1919; within the interval of Stalin's terror; for the period of the 'stagnation' earlier than the 'perestroika' and at last in modern Russia as one learns, incrementally, in regards to the unorthodox teachings of an strange Russian Orthodox monk.