The Oligarch's Wife

The Oligarch's Wife

by Anna Blundy
     
 

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Pavel Ivanchenko's life begins in poverty and violence, but he is destined to become one of the richest men in the world as one of the post–Glasnost Oligarchs. He starts his business life trading illegal vodka on the freezing, grimy streets of Kargasok and he ends up buying most of the steel in the old Soviet Union, believing that he can buy, sell,

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Pavel Ivanchenko's life begins in poverty and violence, but he is destined to become one of the richest men in the world as one of the post–Glasnost Oligarchs. He starts his business life trading illegal vodka on the freezing, grimy streets of Kargasok and he ends up buying most of the steel in the old Soviet Union, believing that he can buy, sell, or destroy anything or anyone—especially women. This is principally the story of two of those women: one English, one Russian, who become friends as girls in Moscow, and whose lives then become entwined through their turbulent relationships with the Oligarch. This story leads us deep into the heart of an unknown and fascinating world, with a larger–than–life man—part hero, part villain—at its center.

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Publishers Weekly
In this uneven stand-alone from Blundy, author of the Faith Zanetti thriller series (Breaking Faith, etc.), a love triangle forms amid the corruption and uncertainty of postcommunist Russia. While on a school trip to Moscow in 1986, Londoner Mo befriends two Russian teens working to support their families back home in Siberia: Pavel, a black market vodka dealer, and Katya, a call girl. Ten years later, Mo, now a journalist, lands an interview with Pavel, now one of the richest men in Russia. He’s still charming, and Mo falls hard for him, but she has a rival for his affections in Katya. Though Pavel often hints at a dark past, neither woman is fully aware of the terrible things he’s done along the road to success, or what he’s willing to do to preserve the status quo. Gradually, Mo and Katya begin to understand the true nature of the man they love and realize that they must work together to become truly free of him. While Blundy deftly navigates a seldom explored setting with vivid imagery, her characters are either bland caricatures or completely unsympathetic. Sporadic and incongruous outbursts of ultraviolence and a late tacked-on twist upset the pacing. Readers seeking an action-packed thriller or a poignant love story will come up short on both counts. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

"This wildly romantic and powerfully atmospheric novel takes us from the cramped, steaming kitchens of Nowhereski, Siberia, to the presidential suites of the world's best hotels. Like all rags-to-riches stories, the rags are the best bit. I enjoyed it so much I wanted to read it again, instantly."  —Daily Mail



"A drop of the hard stuff, administered tenderly by someone who's obviously been there."  —Christopher Hitchens on Neat Vodka

"Blundy, a journalist herself, puts a distinctly human face on the headlines while telling a corker of a story. . . . This is a keeper; don't miss it."  —Booklist starred review of Bad News Bible

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848090842
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Anna Blundy is a former Moscow correspondent for the Times, and has lived and worked in Russia doing a variety of jobs. She has worked as a CNN correspondent, is a regular guest on ABC's World View from London, and is the author of a series of novels about war correspondent Faith Zanetti, which includes The Bad News Bible.

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