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Welcome to the 2015 Politics and Prose Holiday Newsletter. As we have in past years, we’ve tried to select the best—and most beautiful—recent books, fiction and nonfiction, to help you with gift-giving.

It’s also traditional to emphasize how difficult making these choices has been—it’s not just a matter of so many books, but of so many truly wonderful books. This year there’s been an especially impressive outpouring of short fiction and memoirs, but you’ll find bookseller favorites on all subjects here. Enjoy!


Anthony Marra announced his presence a couple of years ago with his prize-winning debut novel set in war-ravaged Chechnya, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.  His new book, The Tsar of Love and Techno (Hogarth, $25), returns readers to the former-Soviet region and the lives of people young and old whose experiences are marked by war, crime, and the devastating effects of a totalitarian regime.  In Marra’s stories we meet an accomplished ballerina and her granddaughter, an artist who’s tasked with erasing  disgraced people from official photographs, petty criminals, and myriad mothers, fathers, sons and daughters all trying to survive, first in the USSR, then in a Russia of chaos and nouveau riche. While each story is full and complete on its own, the links between them resonate in ingenious and surprising ways to create a tremendously satisfying whole.

The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780770436438
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hogarth Press - October 6th, 2015

The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780770436452
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Hogarth Press - July 19th, 2016

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