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Farewell, Mama Odessa is a musing on migration, displacement and the strange world of Soviet bureaucracy. The blurb speaks of telling the stories of adjustment to a new life in the free world. The focus, though, is very much more on the circumstances that led to two Jewish men independently to seek to emigrate to the West: Boris, a young journalist who is unable to report as he would wish on the failings of the state; and Yurik, an average guy who has been caught with stolen leather to support his private sideline of making shoes. Fully half the book is taken with the back stories
AD Miller was longlisted for the Booker Prize for Snowdrops – a brilliant story about a young British man who became enmeshed in intrigue in Russia and then walked away unscathed, seemingly oblivious to the damage he has caused to those he left behind. In Independence Square, it’s the other way around. Simon Davey is a middle ranking diplomat – deputy head of mission in the Ukraine – caught up in events in late 2004 in the aftermath of a stolen presidential election. The orange revolution may not be well remembered in the West, and even those of us who do remember it were probably
Review of The Museum of Abandoned Secrets by Oksana Zabuzhko, translated by Nina Shevchuk-Murray The past is remembered by photos but what of lays behind the people in the photo? The novel is about a TV journalist Daryna Goshchysnka discovers a photo of some members of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, active during world war 2 into the late 1940s as the USSR strove to regain control of areas previously occupied by the Nazis. This sets Daryna and herpartner, Adrian to try to find out the history behind the woman in the photo and such, delving into years and years of history, going
Peach Publishing has today published the second in the Leksin thriller series, Corruption of Power, by G W Eccles “This is the most original and well-crafted thriller I have read all year.” (Lambert Nagle, author) Synopsis: Independent troubleshooter, Alex Leksin, is recruited by Prime Minister Saidov when the plan to reduce Russia’s reliance on an ever more hostile Europe is put at risk. Hell bent on expansion, President Karpev’s strategy is first to shift the markets for his country’s vast energy resources to the East and Saidov has been charged with overseeing a planned pipeline for Russi