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Klotsvog

Klotsvog
 

Klotsvog is a novel about being Jewish in the Soviet Union and the historical trauma of World War II-and it's a novel about the petty dramas and demons of one wonderfully vain woman. Maya Abramovna Klotsvog has had quite a life, and she wants you to know all about it.

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ISBN 9780231182379
Barcode 9780231182379
Release Date 15 July 2019 by Columbia University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Language English (translated from: Russian)
Author(s) By Khemlin, Margarita
Translated by Hayden, Lisa
Foreword by Vapnyar, Larisa
Series Russian Library
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ISBN-13 9780231182379
ISBN-10 0231182376
Stock Release date is 15 July 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Columbia University Press
Imprint Columbia University Press
Release Date 15 July 2019
International Release Date 27 August 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Language English
Translated from Russian
Author(s) By Khemlin, Margarita
Translated by Hayden, Lisa
Foreword by Vapnyar, Larisa
Series Russian Library
Category Not specified
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Jewish women - Soviet Union
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly;General/trade
Dewey Code 891.735
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Klotsvog is a novel about being Jewish in the Soviet Union and the historical trauma of World War II-and it's a novel about the petty dramas and demons of one wonderfully vain woman. Maya Abramovna Klotsvog has had quite a life, and she wants you to know all about it. Selfish, garrulous, and thoroughly entertaining, she tells us where she came from, who she didn't get along with, and what became of all her husbands and lovers. In Klotsvog, Margarita Khemlin creates a first-person narrator who is both deeply self-absorbed and deeply compelling. From Maya's perspective, Khemlin unfurls a retelling of the Soviet Jewish experience that integrates the historical and the personal into her protagonist's vividly drawn inner and outer lives. Maya's life story flows as a long monologue, told in unfussy language dense with Khemlin's magnificently manipulated Soviet cliches and matter-of-fact descriptions of Soviet life. Born in a center of Jewish life in Ukraine, she spent the war in evacuation in Kazakhstan. She has few friends but several husbands, and her relationships with her relatives are strained at best. The war looms over Klotsvog, and the trauma runs deep, as do the ambiguities and ambivalences of Jewish identity. Lisa Hayden's masterful translation brings this compelling character study full of dark, sly humor and new perspectives on Jewish heritage and survival to an English-speaking audience.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Truly a masterpiece of Russian fiction. -- Brian Horowitz, Tulane University

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Author's Bio

Margarita Khemlin (1960-2015) was born in Chernigov, Ukraine, and lived in Moscow. Her works were shortlisted for the Russian Booker Prize and the Big Book Prize. Her books include The Investigator (2015). Lisa Hayden has translated works from Russian including Eugene Vodolazkin's The Aviator, Solovyov and Larionov, and Laurus. She blogs at Lizok's Bookshelf, focusing on contemporary Russian fiction.

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