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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After their brief affair had concluded, Voynich published in her critically acclaimed novel, The Gadflythe central character of voynih, Arthur Burton, was allegedly based on Sidney Reilly’s own early life. Views Read Edit View history. Arthur fakes suicide and escapes to South America, when he reappears years later as the mysterious and dreaded revolutionary, ‘The Gadfly,’ unrecognised by all except the readers. On the other hand, in Italy, where the plot takes place during the Italian Unificationthe novel is totally neglected: Innumerable polls over the years have shown that Arthur Burton was the favourite literary hero of every right-minded Soviet youth.

And there, on page 27, was the answer to the problem which has occupied some of Russia’s best minds for so many years.

Page 9, 17 May — The gadfly and the spy. The Russian journalists eagerly put the question to Mrs Voynich. He then discovers his family secret, and loses all faith in the church. Voynicb he becomes devoted to his guardian and mentor Montanelli, who, unknown to him, is also his biological father.


Come out of this plague-stricken Church — come away with us into the light!

The Gadfly’ is Sidney Reilly. Spectator Archive by Netcopy.

Reilly, a British secret agent and a model for James Bond, then travelled to Russia, where he tried to assassinate Lenin and was killed in All The next month The next 3 months The next 6 Months. Valletta International Baroque Festival. Gemma, his lover, and Padre Montanelli, his Priest and also secretly his biological fathershow various forms of love via their tragic relations with the focal character of Arthur: The Gadfly 1 ed.

Padre, it is we that are life and youth; it is we that are the everlasting springtime; it is we that are the future! A thread of a tragic relationship between Arthur and his love, Gemma, simultaneously runs through the story. Who was the splendid revolutionary upon whom the character of ‘The Gadfly’ had been modelled? By Benjamin Ramm 25 January The following year, Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson visited Moscow to arrange for payment of her long-overdue royalties.

The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich

First version of cover. Retrieved from ” https: A new edition, carrying the same title, came out in The Gadfly, by Irish writer Ethel Voynich, was a sensation on the other side of vlynich Iron Curtain — it sold over 5 million copies in editions in the 22 languages spoken in the Soviet Union.


Almost in- coherent with excitement, he barely managed to stammer out that he had just seen Ethel Voynich! And so millions of Soviet young people read The Gadfly and found out what a good revo- lutionary was supposed to be gadflt.

BBC – Culture – The Irish novel that seduced the USSR

I wonder what they are going to do about it now, when ‘The Gadfly’ has finally been exposed for what he was? She had lived in New York sinceforgotten and unread in the West, and totally unaware Soviet copyright laws being what they are of having become one of Russia’s great legendary figures.

This is especially explicit at the climax of the book, where sacred descriptions intertwine with reflections on the Gadfly’s fate. For soon after reading the review I got down to the immensely fascinating book itself. Then the Soviet literary historians had a go.

The Irish novel that seduced the USSR

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. It is all about the secret societies of the Italian Carbonari gadflg the s and s. Eventually Arthur is captured by the authorities and executed by a firing squad.