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Rachel

Rachel (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Gelasimov, Andrei
Translated by Schwartz, Marian
Read by Lane, Professor Christopher
Read by Rudd, Kate

With icons like Chubby Checker and Yuri Gagarin, the Moscow that Svyatoslav Semyonovich inhabits at the onset of the Cold War brims with the flashy visual textures of capitalism. A Jewish teenager on the hunt for black-market tight pants and rock records, Svyatoslav somehow fails... read full description below.

ISBN 9781611090758
Barcode 9781611090758
Published 22 May 2014 by Amazon Publishing
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781611090758
ISBN-10 161109075X
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Amazon Publishing
Imprint Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date 22 May 2014
International Publication Date 3 June 2014
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Gelasimov, Andrei
Translated by Schwartz, Marian
Read by Lane, Professor Christopher
Read by Rudd, Kate
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 148mm
Height: 208mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 372g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Teenagers, Moscow (Russia), Jews, Russian
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 891.735
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

With icons like Chubby Checker and Yuri Gagarin, the Moscow that Svyatoslav Semyonovich inhabits at the onset of the Cold War brims with the flashy visual textures of capitalism. A Jewish teenager on the hunt for black-market tight pants and rock records, Svyatoslav somehow fails to develop his undying love for Lyuba into a happy ending. He finds work in a mental institution, runs off to Kiev with one of the patients, marries a few times, has a son, becomes a professor, and halfheartedly runs interference for the KGB. Always taking great pleasure in the experiences of others, including his patients and lovers, Svyatoslav flounders through his own life but never loses sight of Lyuba, his biblical Rachel, his great love. A professor and close reader of both Russian and American literature, Svyatoslav tries to interpret his eccentric life as if it were a text to be read, only to learn that life happens off the page.

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Author's Bio

Born in Irkutsk in 1965, Andrei Gelasimov studied foreign languages at Yakutsk State University and directing at Moscow Theater Institute. He became an overnight literary sensation in Russia in 2001 when his story A Tender Age, which he published on the Internet, was awarded a prize for the best debut. It went on to garner the Apollon Grigorev and Belkin Prizes, and his novels have regularly enjoyed critical and popular success in Russia and throughout Europe. This is his fourth novel to be published in English, following Thirst, The Lying Year, and Gods of the Steppe, winner of Russia's National Bestseller Prize in 2009 and praised by Bookslut as a very rich, good book. Gelasimov adapted Thirst for the screen, and the film, directed by Dmitriy Tyurin, won first prize in the Moscow Premiere Screenings at the Moscow International Film Festival and the Jury Prize at the Sochi Open Russian Film Festival.

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