"There had been a heavy shower of rain, but the sun was already shining through the breaks in the clouds and throwing swiftly changing shadows on the streets, the houses, and the gardens of the city of Laurania": First British edition of Churchill's only full-length work of fiction: Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania

  • Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania.
  • Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania.
  • Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania.

Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania.

$1,350.00

Item Number: 95296

London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1900.

First British edition of Churchill’s singular attempt at full-length fiction, one of only 1,500 copies. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable in this condition, Churchill’s only work of literature.

Churchill's only major work of fiction, Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania describes events in the capital of Laurania, a fictional European state, as unrest against the dictatorial government of president Antonio Molara turns to violent revolution. Savrola is in many respects a traditional example of the "Ruritanian" genre, being published just four years after Anthony Hope's classic adventure novel, The Prisoner of Zenda. The politics and institutions of Laurania reflect the values of England as Churchill experienced them; he began work on the novel on his voyage from England to India to take part in the Malakand campaign in August 1897.

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