DOUBLES brings to light a buried historical event involving Pablo Picasso and Charles Chaplin. In turmoil as Stalin's death approaches, the Kremlin seeks a propaganda victory. The invitation to Picasso and Chaplin to visit Moscow is seductive. The suppressed work of the great artist and the world-renowned film-maker will be presented to the Soviet public for the first time. Two honey-traps tip the scales. For Picasso a beautiful Russian museum curator, Ola Lepinskaya. For Chaplin a gifted mimic and 'double',Mosfilm's Nina Bolsharova. David Caute calls the past into question in this fascinating exploration of how history is written Hilary Mantel has written of Caute's previous novel: 'I think this book is brilliant. FATIMA'S SCARF is something very rare in English letters: a dazzling political novel. It is funny and immediate, involving and surprising...' David Caute's recent historical works include ISAAC AND ISAIAH (Yale) and THE DANCER DEFECTS (Oxford).
Used availability for David Caute's Doubles
February 2016 : UK Paperback