The Tsar of Love and Techno

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The Tsar of Love and Techno


By Anthony Marra

Hogarth, Hardcover, 9780770436438, 352pp.

Publication Date: October 6, 2015

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.

About the Author
Anthony Marra a remporte un Whiting Award, les prix Puschcart, Atlantic et Narrative, et ses textes sont parus dans l anthologie "Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012". Il a une maitrise d Art de l Iowa Writers Workshop et est aujourd hui membre d une Stegner Fellow a l universite de Stanford. Il a vecu et fait ses etudes en Europe de l Est et reside aujourd hui a Oakland en Californie.

Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015

Anthony Marra's new book, The Tsar of Love and Techno, is a collection of stories playing out over nearly a century of change in Russia. He tells NPR he wants the book to function like a mixtape. More at

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