Glorious People (Hardback)
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Glorious People (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages
Published: 01/02/2024
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What did the disintegration of the Soviet Union feel like for the people who lived through it? Award-winning writer Sasha Salzmann tells this story in a remarkable novel about two women in extraordinary times

As a child, Lena longs to pick hazelnuts in the woods with her grandmother. Instead, she is raised to be a good socialist: sent to Pioneer summer camps where she's taught to worship Lenin and sing songs in praise of the glorious Soviet Union. But perestroika is coming. Lena's corner of the USSR is now Ukraine, and corruption and patronage are the only ways to get by - to secure a place at university, an apartment, treatment for a sick baby.

For Tatjana, the shock of the new means the first McDonald's in the Soviet Union and certified foreign whisky, but no food in the shops; it means terrible choices about how to love. Eventually both women must decide whether to stay or to emigrate, but the trauma they carry is handed down to their daughters, who struggle to make sense of their own identities.

Glorious People is a vivid depiction of how the collapse of the Soviet Union reverberated through the lives of ordinary people. Engrossing, rich in detail and unforgettable characters, this is a captivating love letter to mothers and daughters.

Publisher: Pushkin Press
ISBN: 9781782279488
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Glorious People suggests you can feel as alienated in your country of birth as in your adopted homeland. Deftly translated by Imogen Taylor, the book is an astute, deeply empathic portrayal of the dislocation of first-generation immigrants and intergenerational trauma - Financial Times

This is a novel about mothers and daughters - from the 1970s to the near present - and stretching from the corrupt hospitals and semi-legal whisky stores of small-town Ukraine to the queer scene in Berlin . . . a capacious novel . . . certainly not short on vibrancy and humour - TLS

'A story of several generations of women that poignantly demonstrates the imprint of history on people's lives, often with tragic consequences. Salzmann conveys the emotional turmoil and agonizing choices their characters make with exquisite nuance and sensitivity. Their distinctive voice, elegant prose and engaging narrative result in a marvelous work' - Victoria Belim, author of The Rooster House

Glorious People is hypnotic, sweeping, and more relevant than ever. The mothers and daughters of Glorious People will stick with you long after you turn the last page of this mesmerizing, sharp, and devastating novel. They are searching for meaning and belonging as immigrants, mothers, wives, professionals, and citizens of a complex and ever-changing world. This novel offers a fresh take on the Soviet diaspora that offers both a meaningful critique and a semblance of much-needed hope for the future. - Maria Kuznetsova, author of Something Unbelievable

In an unflinching examination of mother-daughter ties, Salzmann recreates the lost and newly found world, populating it with powerfully drawn, unforgettable characters. Masterful and haunting - Elena Gorokhova, author of A Train to Moscow

[Salzmann] writes in a broad, timelessly epic style. There is a quiet sovereignty here that gives one great hope that we are reading one of the next great German storytellers - Süddeutsche Zeitung

An in-depth study of friendship and family relations across two generations... truly a book of our times - Jewish Chronicle

A brilliant book... [that] vibrates with the pleasure of narrating - Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Not only a sobering portrait of the late Soviet era, but also a remarkable family novel that draws on the experiences of loss made by strong female characters ... An award-worthy book - SWR2

Convincing in its intense and richly pictorial language, offers a different version of the narrative, a perspective beyond clichés and what has been read hundreds of times before - neues deutschland

Rarely has there been such a comprehensive and personal vivid description of how the end of the USSR continues to affect people to this day - der Freitag

The sensually concrete language, which does justice to the abundance of impressions and feelings at all times, is worthy of praise. Unconventional, allegorically charged images recur and make an impression - Der Tagesspiegel

An exciting look beyond our borders towards the East and back, by an award-winning author - Brigitte Woman

Glorious People [is] impressive sensitive and unsparing - Jüdische Allgemeine Zeitung

The book covers decades, but the sparky, succinct style means it never feels rushed - Guardian

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“A moving reflection on the end of a period”

I adore this novel, that through its introspective writing explores the late soviet period, its demise and the lasting repercussions. It brilliantly demonstrates how these experiences affected those that lived through... More

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