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Nevsky: A Hero of the People

by Ben McCool & Mario Guevara

Few historical figures are as revered in Russia as Alexander Nevsky, who defeated the Livonians on the famous Battle on the Ice, and who was immortalized in Sergei Eisenstein’s 1938 film, Alexander Nevsky.

This new graphic novel is based on Eisenstein’s film, and not on the more subtle historical record, which raises questions about Nevsky’s appeasement of the Mongol Horde, his use of the Mongols to divide and conquer his princely rivals, and his brutal repression of independent-minded Novgorod. But, never matter, Eisenstein told a good tale (albeit one tinged with the anti-Fascist message Stalin dictated), and this book is full of amazing illustrations and only a few narrative hiccups that forced a bit of back and forth page turning.

— Paul E. Richardson

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Reviewed in Russian Life: Sep/Oct 2012