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The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories
by Anthony Marra

Published: 2015-10-06
Hardcover : 352 pages
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From the New York Times bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena—dazzling, poignant, and lyrical interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war, and the redemptive power of art.

This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable ...
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From the New York Times bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena—dazzling, poignant, and lyrical interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war, and the redemptive power of art.

This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking. A 1930s Soviet censor painstakingly corrects offending photographs, deep underneath Leningrad, bewitched by the image of a disgraced prima ballerina. A chorus of women recount their stories and those of their grandmothers, former gulag prisoners who settled their Siberian mining town. Two pairs of brothers share a fierce, protective love. Young men across the former USSR face violence at home and in the military. And great sacrifices are made in the name of an oil landscape unremarkable except for the almost incomprehensibly peaceful past it depicts. In stunning prose, with rich character portraits and a sense of history reverberating into the present, The Tsar of Love and Techno is a captivating work from one of our greatest new talents.

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Did you know that this was a collection of Short stories when you read the book
Did you get bogged down in trying to remember who everyone was and reference back to each story
Did you look up the areas and google the places when you were reading the book or just let your imagination run with the stories for you
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Go full Russian - either high brow or low caviar and chilled vodka or elk stew and beer get the playlist off Spotify and play that during your meeting

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  "Looking Forward to Novel"by ebach (see profile) 03/04/17

Anthony Marra is one of our best writers. He’s so good, I like to read his sentences over again for their cleverness. He proved that with A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA and proves tha... (read more)

 
  "The Tsar of Love and Techno"by sluce (see profile) 11/02/16

Beautifully written collection of short stories that are interwoven so wonderfully. The subject matter tends to lean to the darker side, but the characters are so wonderfully developed that you feel hope... (read more)

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