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Book ✓ The Tsar of Love and Techno Å 372 pages Ú Η εξαιρετικά καλογραμμένη συλλογή διηγημάτων του Anthony Marra σκιαγραφεί μια πλειάδα αξέχαστων χαρακτήρων των οποίων οι ζωές διασταυρώνονται μεταξύ το?ρίσκεται κατηγορούμενος για σχέση με την πολωνική κατασκοπεία Μια ομάδα γυναικών αφηγείται τις ιστορίες τους αλλά και αυτές των γιαγιάδων τους πρώην κρατουμένων των Γκουλάγκ που πρώτες αποίκησαν την Σιβηρική πόλη νικελορυχείων τους Δύο ζεύγη αδερφών μοιράζονται μια άγρια προστατευτική αγάπη Νεαροί άνδρες σε ολόκληρη τη πρώην Σοβιετική Ένωση αντιμετωπίζουν τη βία στο σπίτι και στο στρατόπεδο Και μεγ Every time I read a collection of short stories I say the same thing in my review that I'm not a lover of short stories but I always have a good reason why I decided to read that particular collection In this case the very good reason is how much I loved Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena I am so very glad that I didn't miss out because I prefer longer fiction I don't know how I can possibly do justice in this review to the brilliant story telling and beautiful writing here 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 alteringFast 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 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 in another story I marveled at the connections from one to another characters images themes it becomes not uite a novel but one long story about loss and relationships and love and family and art and freedom I won't be any 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

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Η εξαιρετικά καλογραμμένη συλλογή διηγημάτων του Anthony Marra σκιαγραφεί μια πλειάδα αξέχαστων χαρακτήρων των οποίων οι ζωές διασταυρώνονται μεταξύ τους με τρόπο σπαραχτικόΤην δεκαετία του 1930 στο Λένινγκραντ ένας ζωγράφος λογοκριτής επεξεργάζεται επίμαχες φωτογραφίες για λογαριασμό του Κόμματος του Στάλιν σβήνοντας και αλλοιώνοντας πρόσωπα με τον αερογράφο του Μαγεμένος από την εικόνα μιας μπαλαρίνας ? Dear Anthony MarraI'm sure you are very busy but I was wondering is there any way you might be available to write this review for me? I cannot possibly articulate the raw beauty and abject pain that lies between the covers of this transformative book The writing is masterful magical mesmerizing I need that writing to describe your powerful beautiful lyrical book There were so many lines I would have highlighted that had the book not belonged to our library the pages would have been yellow than white Some of those lines were standalone masterpieces You wouldn't understand but someone I once loved died in this field That is a Pulitzer Prize winning line The way the stories interconnect is brilliant I began studying Russian in eighth grade As a university student I lived in Leningrad in 1990 Arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world Leningrad was wrought with poverty crime and food shortages I would've sold my soul to stay there I will likely never return as the Russia I loved exists only in my memories but I thank you sincerely for bringing to life in this collection so vividly the magic of that place Magic amidst mayhem You have created a cast of characters so authentic so Russian so human that it is impossible not to weep for them They are real and their stories took my breath away C уважением и восхищениемKelli

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The Tsar of Love and Technoάλες θυσίες γίνονται στο όνομα του πίνακα ενός τοπίου αδιάφορου εκτός από το σχεδόν ακατανόητα ειρηνικό παρελθόν που απεικονίζειΟ Τσάρος της αγάπης και της τέκνο με εκπληκτική πρόζα μιλά για τη ματαιότητα της προσπάθειας να εξαλειφθούν άνθρωποι και γεγονότα για την ανθρώπινη προσαρμοστικότητα το παράλογο της ζωής και του πολέμου αλλά και το πόσο μικρή είναι η ζωή μας σε σχέση με το μέγεθος του σύμπαντο A Constellation of Vital Phenomena might be my favourite read of the year Unfortunately I didn’t love this as much Because at a certain point I found myself comparing it unfavourably to David Mitchell and especially Cloud Atlas Like Cloud Atlas it’s a novel of connected short stories and like Cloud Atlas employs a number of narrative voices For me Mitchell had full command of all the distinctive voices in Cloud Atlas which I didn’t find to be the case here All the components of Cloud Atlas for me were eually as compelling; here I found the stories uneven The entire book takes place in Kirovsk a former Siberian labour camp that has become a toxic wasteland It’s a place whose history has largely been erased or falsified– small objects are often the sole carriers of true memory And it’s these objects – a painting a mix tape a photograph – which connect the characters and stories All this I loved What I didn’t love was the increasingly whimsical black humoured tone The first story was brilliant and I was still utterly engrossed until I arrived at the title story the longest story in the collection In this story Marra even begins copying a familiar Mitchell voice The offhand social commentator intent on coining aphorisms He has a penchant for turning nouns into verbs a familiar Mitchell trick – pigeon shit “toupes” the head of statues And he begins shovelling in black humour by the bucketload His writing began to become very hit and miss Here’s an example “Behind the ticket counter stood a man as skinny as a soaked poodle” That’s great As skinny as a soaked poodle love that But then “He sported a shirt of swatch sized plaid and a blond ponytail that unless destined for a chemotherapy patient should have been immediately chopped off buried in an unmarked grave and never spoken of again” That to me is someone trying too hard to be funny And this was a problem throughout this story Unfortunately this story jarred me out of the narrative and I was never uite able to find my way back in with the same heightened concentration There’s much that is brave and brilliant and it’s a fabulous feat of both imagination and political indignation but it was missing the tenderness of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena which offset the black humour and absurdity The black humour and absurdity here was just a bit too rampant and unrestrained for my liking Almost everything was tuned into a joke The last story Outer Space attempts to restore pathos and philosophical gravitas to the narrative but by then it was too late for me This is though largely perhaps a uestion of personal taste The black humour was up a notch too high for me