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Konstantin - Tom Bullough, book reviewBeing an ardent Russophile, Tom Bullough’s Konstantin caught my eye on the virtual bookshelves. It’s a piece of biographical fiction, and recounts the early years of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, the man regarded as the founding father of Soviet space travel. His is not a name I was familiar with before picking up this book and I can’t say that I’m much the wiser as to his legacy having read Konstantin but I found this a highly enjoyable read all the same.

The story stops short of describing Tsiolkovsky’s real achievements and focuses instead on the making of the man. The story starts in the 1860s when young Kostya (the diminutive of Konstantin) and his family are living in Ryazan, a town some 200 kilometres from Moscow.

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