Ambassador of the Dead

Ambassador of the Dead

by Askold Melnyczuk
     
 

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A passionate story of friendship, family, and the other side of the American dream.

One Sunday morning, Nick Blud, a successful Boston physician, is home in bed when he receives a phone call from Adriana Kruk, the mother of a boyhood friend. The beautiful Adriana, who once vacationed at her family's luxurious summer home on the Black Sea, now lives in a run-down

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A passionate story of friendship, family, and the other side of the American dream.

One Sunday morning, Nick Blud, a successful Boston physician, is home in bed when he receives a phone call from Adriana Kruk, the mother of a boyhood friend. The beautiful Adriana, who once vacationed at her family's luxurious summer home on the Black Sea, now lives in a run-down apartment in New Jersey. Abandoned by her husband and estranged from her sons, she summons Nick back to his old neighborhood, where something unspeakable has happened—exactly what, no one is willing to say.

Ambassador of the Dead is a harrowing tale of ambitions gone awry, and an unflinching meditation on exile and assimilation and the cost of love.

Author Biography: Askold Melnyczuk's widely praised first novel, What Is Told, was a New York Times Notable Book. The recipient of a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award and a 2002 NEA fellowship, he teaches at the Creative Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He lives in Medford, Massachusetts.

Editorial Reviews

Dan Cryer
In Askold Melnyczuk, Ukrainian America has at last produced its eloquent champion...a novelist of uncommon grace and power.
Newsday
Jeffrey Eugenides
....skillfully demonstrates how the violence and mysticism of the Old World re-enact themselves as psychological disease and self-destruction in the New.
The New York Times Book Review
Newsday
In Askold Melnyczuk, Ukrainian America has produced its eloquent champion [and] a novelist of uncommon grace and power.
Esquire
Melnycuk's writing aches with realism, but is also imbued with a hazy sense of wonder. The result: a novel so precise and understated, it's stunning.
James Carroll
In Ambassador of the Dead, Askold Melnyczuk has created the most haunting, vividly drawn characters of any recent fiction, a major novel that crosses boundaries between a ghost nation and New Jersey, between the heartless century just past and the timelessness of love, grief, and hope.
Carolyn See
Here's another American immigration story, an exquisite, original one, still asking those vexing American questions.
Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Melnyczuk writes exceedingly well-controlled miniature narratives...Recollections that might have fizzled in another's hands here grow luminous and haunting.
Kirkus Review
...a glorious gem...sustained, powerful, lamentable, and moving.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582432519
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
276
Sales rank:
1,254,813
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.78(d)

What People are saying about this

Barry Hannah
....Fresh and stunning. I loved it.
James Carroll
....an extraordinary novel, passionately and intelligently written.
— (James Carroll, author of Constantine's Sword)
Ha Jin
....an extraordinary novel, passionately and intelligently written.
— (Ha Jin, author of Waiting)

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