The Long Song of Tchaikovsky Street (Hardback)
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The Long Song of Tchaikovsky Street (Hardback)

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Hardback 416 Pages / Published: 10/02/2022
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A winning blend of the personal and political, Waterdrinker's unputdownable memoir takes in both his own slyly subversive role in the fall of the Soviet Union and the long history of revolution and dissent based around his street in St. Petersburg.

History doesn't repeat itself, it rhymes.

One day in 1988, an enigmatic priest knocks on Pieter Waterdrinker's door with an unusual request: will he smuggle seven thousand bibles into the Soviet Union? Pieter agrees, and soon finds himself living in the midst of one of the biggest social and cultural revolutions of our time, working as a tour operator ... with a sideline in contraband.

Thirty years later, from his apartment on Tchaikovsky Street in Saint Petersburg, where he lives with his Russian wife and three cats, Pieter reflects on his personal history in the Soviet Union, as well as the century of revolutions that took place in and around his street. A master storyteller, he blends history with memoir to create an ode to the divided soul of Russia and an unputdownable account of his own struggles with life, literature, and love.

Publisher: Scribe Publications
ISBN: 9781912854073
Number of pages: 416
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 33 mm


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'A remarkable, sly blend of memoir and history, past and present, amusement and bemusement. How the memoir of a Dutch writer selling bibles in Russia also becomes the story of our past century is beyond me. But in Waterdrinker's masterful hands, it does. The Long Song of Tchaikovsky Street is a spectacular tale, and a towering achievement.' - Shalom Auslander, author of Mother for Dinner

'Russia's recent history has been inspirational and unpredictable, tragic and bizarre, and it takes a quirky literary autobiography like this to capture that. From showing the Russian president's wife through Amsterdam's red-light district to wheeling and dealing in the dying days of the USSR, Waterdrinker offers up an eminently readable and critically affectionate vision of a Russia constantly in the throes of reinvention.' - Professor Mark Galeotti, author of A Short History of Russia

'Words by Waterdrinker are as amazing as a superior circus' - Elsevier

'How evocatively Waterdrinker can write! A hundred years after the Russian Revolution, he makes this violent period of history shine once again.' - Zin

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