Back to Moscow (Hardback)Guillermo Erades (author)
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The early 2000s, and Moscow is storming into the century as money and an assertive political elite rise to power. Months after his arrival, expat student Martin hasn't written a word of his thesis on the heroines of the Russian classics because the cheap, bright lure of nightclubs, vodka and real women is predictably hard to resist. He finds himself torn between opposing sensibilities: on the one hand, the limpid appeal of Lena, and her insistence on the Mysterious Russian Soul; on the other, that of his research supervisor Lyudmila Aleksandrovna - diligent, serious, caught in the shadow of a soviet past. Can the fates of Anna Karenina, Pushkin's Tatyana or Chekhov's three sisters help him understand the women in his life?
Martin's restless explorations turn into a half-grasped search for meaning as Moscow leads him to dark and unexpected places tinged by Russia's ever-present sense of impending tragedy.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 562 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
'Elegant and dramatic - my favourite kind of company. Back to Moscow is a book to get lost in, like a city. A rich and deeply charming debut' -- Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals
'Erades savours the sweetness and cruelty of conquest with a candour that rivals that of Milan Kundera. And as Martin's luck falters, Erades tumbles his hero into a sentimental education with a slyness worthy of Chekhov' -- Caleb Crain, author of Necessary Errors
'Erades has written the rare novel whose last paragraphs offer up a genuine epiphany, wholly earned and wholly unexpected. With its final gesture, the story reveals its true shape. It's an act of magic, one I can't stop thinking about' -- Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Illumination
'[A] cleverly satisfying first novel . . . Back to Moscow is quite an imaginative trip' -- Charles Larson, CounterPunch on Back to Moscow
'One of the book's strongest suits is its snapshot of Moscow as it descends into the Putin-era free-for-all. Erades shows how the rise of the oligarchs with their `black humvees and whores' supplants the equally dark Soviet past, bringing economic chaos and moral uncertainty . . . Erades makes this kind of contemplative fiction look easy' -- Jude Cook, Litro on Back to Moscow
'Back to Moscow is a lively and engaging work. Erades develops Martin from being careless with his relationships to finally appreciating a stable one . . . The tone and feel of much of this recalls . . . Henry Miller's novels Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn' -- Ross Southernwood, Sydney Morning Herald on Back to Moscow
'With hints of Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange, notes of Gary Shteyngart, and a shadow of Masha Gessen, Erades's first novel is part frothy concoction and part deadly hemlock. As confident as a reality TV show, the story begs to read in one sitting' * Library Journal on Back to Moscow *
'A coming-of-age novel set in Moscow, Erades' debut plays with tropes of student life, literary devotion, and travel. . . . Erades' structure mimics the movement of Martin through the city, through his life?always yearning yet not always heading in the right direction. An appealingly chaotic?if familiar?look at the inner life of a young 'intellectual'' * Kirkus Reviews on Back to Moscow *
'Russia's capital is the most dynamic character in Erades's boozy bildungsroman . . . readers will appreciate the texture and detail Erades gives to Moscow' * Publishers Weekly on Back to Moscow *
'Powerful . . . an ambitious debut which . . . chronicles an individual's struggle to lead a meaningful life' -- Max Liu, The Independent on Back to Moscow
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