The Hand That First Held Mine - Maggie O'Farrell

I have belatedly discovered Maggie O'Farrell, but I am entranced. She has a striking writing style: clear and concise, blunt and at times brutal. Nonetheless her sentence construction and word choice are filled with eloquence and poetry. The Hand that First Held Mine weaves together the stories of two couples in postwar and modern London, shifting back and forth in time to gradually reveal points of connection in their city and their lives. We meet a woman who abruptly leaves her parents and claims a new identity in London, a writer returned from war, a young mother with severe blood loss from giving birth who may have post partum depression and a young man with no memory of his childhood. By living in the present, they avoid or forget the past, but their memories seep in and carry the plot forward.
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ISBN: 9780547423180
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Published: Mariner Books - January 26th, 2011

A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia - Victor Pelevin

So you think Pevear & Volokhonsky's translations have introduced you to Russian literature? Think again, and meet your contemporaries. A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia: And Other Stories, by Victor Pelevin and There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales, by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya will introduce you to the rough impact on ordinary citizens during the transition at the end of the Soviet period to the failures of the new economy. In classic yet shockingly current Russian style, Pelevin plays with the surreal and absurb; Petrushevskaya explores the realm of strange occurences and fantasy; throughout their stories, there is a relentless hope and longing for a better, more deeply meaningful existence. Aren't these elements what make everyday reality so shockingly brutal and harsh, but also bearable? Because if we can't laugh at bizarre twists of fate and escape into dreams, what else does the world have to offer?
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By Victor Pelevin, Andrew Bromfield (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811218603
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Published: New Directions - January 12th, 2010

Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart

Super Sad True Love Story is a piece of gushy, Russian-Jewish self-flagellating, romantically improbable, adolescent autostimulation. It is studded with many bits of highly irreverent cleverness, conceptual cultural criticism and socio-political commentary that beg to be read aloud: Such as intergenerational, cross-cultural visit to Lenny's parents' house and dinner with Eunice's parents; or the omnipresent äppärät pda which no self-respecting hipster is ever without, incessantly broadcasts its bearer's financial, cholesterol, and even sexual (“fuckability”) rankings to the world at large; or the aging generation's vain attempts to prolong their lives with wheatgrass beverages and cosmetic surgery via the seductive Post Human Services which promises to help them live forever—for a very large price. This novel is not for the meek. Like Lenny, Super Sad True Love Story, deserves to be loved with all its imperfections.

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ISBN: 9780812977868
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 3rd, 2011