Tsar Of Love And Techno

Tsar Of Love And Techno

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The Tsar of Love and Techno begins in 1930s Leningrad, where a failed portrait artist is tasked by Soviet censors to erase political dissenters from official images and artworks. One day, he receives an antique painting of a dacha inside a box of images meant to be altered. The mystery behind this painting reverberates through the stories that follow, which take us through a century as they thread together a cast of characters including a Siberian beauty queen, a young soldier in the battlefields of Chechnya, the Head of the Grozny Tourist Bureau, a ballerina performing for the camp director of a gulag and many others.

Praise for A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

'Storytelling of magical purity, illuminated by hope... Marra is a magnificent writer' The Times

'Extraordinary... a 21st-century War and Peace ' New York Times Book Review

'An absolute masterpiece' Sarah Jessica Parker, Entertainment Weekly

Marra is the winner of : the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Barnes and Noble Fiction Discover Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, the Whiting Writers' Award, the Berlin Prize, the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle, the Athens Prize for Literature.

ISBN: 9781781090480
1781090483

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Aug 10, 2016

I just loved this book. It is marketed as ‘Stories’, but they are all interconnected through recurring characters and objects. Each story is self-contained and yet cumulative. The settings span Leningrad in 1937 , a labour camp in Kirovsk at the same time and Kirovsk sixty years later, Grozny in in 2003, in the midst of the Chechen Wars and St Petersburg in 2001, 2011 and 2013. I enjoyed each story, and soon learned not to be disappointed at the end of one story, because the next one would be just as good too. With the exception, perhaps, of the last story which just seemed silly, although in a book using this narrative structure, there has to be some way of definitively finishing it, I suppose.

And so, a great whacking five out of five for me. I only wish that I could have the pleasure of reading it again for the first time!
For my full review see https://residentjudge.wordpress.com/2016/08/10/the-tsar-of-love-and-techno-by-anthony-marra

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