- Tapa dura: 352 páginas
- Editor: Hogarth (6 de octubre de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0770436439
- ISBN-13: 978-0770436438
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº313.549 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories (Inglés) Tapa dura – 6 oct 2015
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American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Prize for Fiction, 2015
National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in Fiction
Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Books of 2015
-Sarah Lyall, The New York Times "Remarkable...Marra is a gifted writer with the energy and the ambition to explore the lives of characters whose experiences and whose psyches might seem, until we read his work, so distant from our own. Reading his work is like watching the restoration -- the reappearance, on the page -- of those whom history has erased."
-Francine Prose, Washington Post "This book will burn itself into your heart. It's a collection of interlocking short stories that stand alone but also fit together, piece by delicate piece, to form an astonishing whole whose artfulness becomes increasingly clear as it goes on. The Tsar of Love and Techno swoops around in time and place, beginning in Stalinist Russia and ending somewhere in outer space in the near future. It's funny, moving and beautiful, the perfect thing to read."
-New York Times "Audacious... [an] ambitious and fearless [book], one that offers so much to enjoy and admire...Marra's far-ranging, risky and explicitly political book marks him as a writer with an original, even singular sensibility."
-New York Times Book Review "Genius...what makes this (dare I say) masterpiece so stunning is Marra's clear love for his subject and insistence on infusing beauty into even the darkest places...It's nothing short of extraordinary."
-San Francisco Chronicle "Powerful...[an] ingenious book."
-Wall Street Journal "Marra's nine stories, cunningly set out like strewn mosaic tiles that keep self-rearranging until they cohere into a complex, cathartic whole, demand to be read in order...Marra here emerges with an oxygenizing wisdom and an arsenal of wit as inexhaustible as it is unlikely."
-Boston Globe "Dazzling... with its multiple narratives and recurring characters it certainly recalls both Jennifer Egan's "A Visit From the Goon Squad" (a novel) and Elizabeth Strout's "Olive Kitteridge"(short stories). By the time you reach Marra's astonishing final story about Kolya, "The End" -- set, a dateline tells us, in "Outer Space, Year Unknown" -- the book has achieved a heart-rending cumulative power."
-Tom Beer, Newsday "Like Nabokov, Marra is a writer for whom essential truths are found in detail... The nine interlocking stories grip from the off with their dry tone and meticulously realised worlds of totalitarian life and its aftermath. Characters appear, disappear and reappear throughout the collection, graceful as a troupe of dancers in the author's assured hands.... His stories have subtle nods to the Russian greats (Chekhov's gun, the lady with the lapdog) and more overt echoes of the writing of Kafka and Orwell in the tales of totalitarian living."
-The Irish Times "Private acts of dissidence (a smuggled mix tape, say) become heroic in Anthony Marra's era-spanning portrait of the USSR."
-Megan O'Grady, Vogue "Cobbled together as a sort of mixtape itself (with four stories under "Side A," four under "Side B," and a single-story intermission), Marra's latest work is tender, touching, haunting at times and humorous at others--in short, a feat."
-Thomas Harlander, Los Angeles Magazine "The Tsar of Love and Techno is inventively structured, emotionally resonant, superbly rendered."
-Jane Ciabattari, BBC.com "The Tsar of Love and Techno is an intricately structured and powerful collection[and] showcases Marra's wit and his gift for unforgettable details...The Tsar of Love and Techno is the work of an elegant and generous writer."
-Bookpage "Some books are love at first read, and this is one of them. Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, delivers his first collection of intimately tied stories (it kind of reads as a novel, actually), arranged into Side A and B and Intermission. With language as precise as a razor blade, Tsartakes us throughout Russia from 1937 to the present with a connected group of characters who, through their explosive escapades, demonstrate the peculiarities and nuances of life. It has everything: humor, action, suspense, drama -- I'm going to go ahead and call it brilliant."
-Meredith Turits, Bustle.com "Marra, in between bursts of acidic humor, summons the terror, polluted landscapes, and diminished hopes of generations of Russians in a tragic and haunting collection."
-Booklist (starred) "With generosity of spirit and a surprising dash of humor, these artfully woven narratives coalesce into a majestic whole."
-Library Journal (starred) "Powerful...strikingly reimagines a nearly a century of changes in Russia. [T]he book's brilliance and humor are laced with the somber feeling that the country is allergic to evolution."
-Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"As in his acclaimed novel, Marra finds in Chechnya an inspiration for his uniquely funny, tragic, bizarre, and memorable fiction."
-Publishers Weekly (starred) "Love and betrayal reverberate through these nine deftly linked stories... With this collection, Marra has created a stunning portrait of a place and its indelible inhabitants."
-Dawn Raffel, More "We know we are in the realm of fiction, but Marra makes it all feel viscerally real. He has mined modern Russian history for all it is worth to create a masterful novel."
-Russian Life Magazine "Treat yourself to these wise works of art set in Siberia, the USSR, and the heart."
Reseña del editor
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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The opening story "The Leopard", is about an art censor - who airbrushes a ballerina out of a photograph , fixes photographs to make Stalin look better. He even obliterates his brother's face from a family photo because his brother's religious beliefs made him a traitor in the harsh environment of the communist regime in 1937 USSR. Yet he paints his brother's face in the background of every painting he is charged with altering .
Fast forward to Siberia in 2013 to the "Granddaughters " the story of the ballerina's granddaughter ( yes the ballerina from the first story ) and her friends. This one is told in the first person plural which is a mechanism that works beautifully. My favorite story until I read the next and the next .
These stories depict the political and social landscape of Russia from 1937 to the more recent chaotic aftermath after the break up of the USSR in the details of the lives of these characters with beautifully rendered connections between the stories through the characters and a painting. Just when you think you'll never see a character again, they come alive once more in another story . I marveled at the connections from one to another - characters, images , themes - it becomes not quite a novel but one long story about loss and relationships and love and family and art and freedom. I won't be any more specific here on the linkages because this is one of the best things about this book and should be discovered by the reader who might like me think - omg - as some things come full circle . I cannot recommend this enough to anyone who appreciates writing that is both genius and beautiful . I especially recommend it to those who loved Marra's novel . I can't give it less than 5 stars .
Thanks to Crown Publishing and NetGalley for this ARC.
The book so illustrates that when a country has generations of leaders who abuse their citizens, a sort of fatalistic, dark society grows. Some of it was very difficult to read. The incident on the escalator, for one. This darkness and a rather tough tenderness typifies the family relationships. The father trying to toughen up his son. And the picture that was so important.
I learned some things about Russia that I didn't know. How they brushed out people from pictures after they were no longer in power or in favor. How even children reported on parents.
My favorite story was the first one, but I held out, reading for something more hopeful, which never came.