Ambassador of the Dead

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"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."--BOOK JACKET.
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Overview

"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."--BOOK JACKET.
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Editorial Reviews

Carolyn See
Here's another American immigration story, an exquisite, original one, still asking those vexing American questions.
Washington Post
Dan Cryer
In Askold Melnyczuk, Ukrainian America has at last produced its eloquent champion...a novelist of uncommon grace and power.
Newsday
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.
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
Kirkus Review
...a glorious gem...sustained, powerful, lamentable, and moving.
Newsday
In Askold Melnyczuk, Ukrainian America has produced its eloquent champion [and] a novelist of uncommon grace and power.
Publishers Weekly
Melnyczuk writes exceedingly well-controlled miniature narratives...Recollections that might have fizzled in another's hands here grow luminous and haunting.
Booklist Booklist
Melnyczuk intelligently explores the problems of assimilation, the pain of war, and the fear of leaving the past behind, and he poignantly captures the disillusionment and disappointment when the American Dream never materializes.
Dan Cryer
Artistic gold…Melnyczuk is an able analyst of character and a superb storyteller. That he is a stylist who bids English speak with a bold new accent makes his readers all the more grateful
Esquire Esquire
A novel so precise and understated it’s stunning
Jeffrey Eugenides
Melnyczuk doesn’t shrink from the difficulties raised by Ukrainian history…This is beautiful stuff…
Publishers Weekly
Recollections that might have fizzled in another author's hands here grow luminous andhaunting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582432519
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Askold Melnyczuk has published three novels: The House of Widows, an Editor's Choice selection of the American Library Association's Booklist, Ambassador of the Dead, a Los Angeles Times Best Book for 2002 and What is Told, a New York Times Notable Book.

He has also published a novella about Rimbaud titled Blind Angel.

Other Melnyczuk work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Boston Globe, Ploughshares, Grand Street, and Poetry. Melnyczuk founded AGNI magazine in 1972 and currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Bennington MFA programs. In 2011 he received the George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from the Associated Writing Programs.
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Table of Contents

A Family of Kruks 1
The Disappearing Sickness 37
The Ambassador of the Dead 107
The Woman Who Defeated Stalin 191
The Invisible World 253
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