Intrigueing book. Told by a narrator who is involved in the periphery of the action. he's an English language teacher, and is the western eyes of the title. he sees it as his duty to pass on what happened and present the Russians at the core of the story in a manner understandable to the western mind. the chief protagonists are Razumov and Natalia Haldin, she the sister of a revolutionary who throws himself on Razumov after committing a bombing raid that kills a minister, but also innocent bystanders. This Razumov can't accept, so instead of helping Haldin escape, he betrays him to the authorities. He does this with no emotional involvement, he is apolitical and detached from society. The book traces his progression from detached individual to someone who care about truth and is prepared to act in the interest of truth, even if is personally disadvantages him. It doesn't quite end up in the way that you think it will.