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Message started by Forum Administrator on 24. Feb 2005 at 21:21

Title: Stalin vs Me - News!
Post by Forum Administrator on 24. Feb 2005 at 21:21

A New Bandy Book
  As many of you may be aware, Donald Jack worked on a sequel to Hitler vs Me, which was to be entitled Stalin vs Me. Unfortunately, after his death in 2003, publication of most of the volumes in the Bandy Papers series was cancelled, and it looked as though Stalin vs Me, the final volume of the Bandy Papers, would never make it to print. Since then, we've been inquiring into the status of the manuscript and found that a complete draft of the book exists. Sybertooth's offer to publish the manuscript was accepted by Mr Jack's literary estate, and so you can expect to be able to read Stalin vs Me by the end of the year (projected publication date: Fall 2005). Stay tuned for further updates!

Title: Re: Stalin vs Me - News!
Post by Forum Administrator on 06. Jun 2005 at 00:14

The release of Stalin vs Me is still a few months away, but here's a glimpse of the cover:

Title: Re: Stalin vs Me - News!
Post by Forum Administrator on 21. Jul 2005 at 18:11

At long last -- the ninth and final volume of the Bandy Papers, Stalin Versus Me, in which quintessential Canadian hero* Bartholomew Wolfe Bandy has one final fling with death, despair, and destruction, in the final year of the Second World War.

In the aftermath of the Normandy invasion, Bandy continues to bob through the ranks like a cork at sea, persecuted by one of his pilots and pursued by Gwinny, who just can't understand why her attempt to have him convicted of treason has soured their relationship. Love rears its (elegant, Belgian) head again, the King needs a man of tact and discretion for a delicate post-war job in Germany, and there's an embarrassing parcel of ladies undies to explain, not to mention just why a half-clothed Bandy (unfortunately, not the right half) is in bed with George Garanine, that lazy, loveable failed Bandy-assassin. From Normandy to Brussels to Yalta to Moscow, Bandy's career path is as labyrinthine as ever, strewn with bottles, battles, and brasshat blood-pressure.

Of most crucial concern to our hero, as 1944 draws to a close and 1945 sees the last grim push of the war beginning -- boozing pal Philby of the SIS couldn't possibly have any reason to get Bandy sent to the Yalta Conference except as a translator, right? And Stalin can't really be out to get Bandy, just because he happens to know that a certain Soviet leader was once a Tsarist agent provocateur. After all, we all know Uncle Joe isn't the type to hold a grudge.

Will Bandy survive? Will he get the, er, mature, middle-aged lady (unaccountably still in love with her lazy, loveable, long-lost husband)? Will a plane be purloined? Will his last few hairs hold out?**

     Coming in September: Stalin Versus Me!

* Or possibly, menace to peace, order, and good government.
** The answer to one or more of these questions might be yes. On the other hand, it might be no. We decline to commit ourselves at this point. Hey, it works for J.K. Rowling.

Title: Re: Stalin vs Me - News!
Post by Forum Administrator on 26. Aug 2005 at 13:13

Still a few weeks to go before Stalin Versus Me is available for order, however the price has now been set at: $15.00 (US) 11.00 (UK)

Also, for blind or visually impaired Bandy fans, the CNIB is planning to produce a Braille version ( of Stalin Versus Me, which will be available in Canada.

Title: Re: Stalin vs Me - News!
Post by Forum Administrator on 07. Sep 2005 at 15:05

Stalin Versus Me is now available - a list of retailers can be found at
or you can order a copy through your local book dealer.

Title: Re: Stalin vs Me - News!
Post by Steven on 07. Sep 2005 at 16:39

thanks for the email notification just ordered two copies!

Title: Re: Stalin vs Me - News!
Post by Forum Administrator on 21. Sep 2005 at 23:48

One thing I forgot to mention elsewhere: we've included a short glossary at the back of Stalin vs Me, since there are a number of Russian, French, and German words used in passing that looked like they could use definitions - and of course there are the usual military terms and slang that some readers may not be familiar with.

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