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On the Golden Porch

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Thirteen stories—by the first woman in years to rank among Russia's most important writers—celebrate courage and the will to endure among the people who live on the periphery of society but who dream with a redeeming passion.

Thirteen stories by the first woman in years to rank among the USSR's most accomplished writers.

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Overview

Thirteen stories—by the first woman in years to rank among Russia's most important writers—celebrate courage and the will to endure among the people who live on the periphery of society but who dream with a redeeming passion.

Thirteen stories by the first woman in years to rank among the USSR's most accomplished writers.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``The author's range is deliberately narrow, centering around the domestic crises of `ordinary,' if eccentric individuals, whom she views with a sardonic eye,'' wrote PW , noting that ``this collection marks Tolstaya as a natural storyteller who sheds fresh light on the contemporary Moscow scene.'' (Mar.)
Library Journal
These 13 short stories, all published in the USSR during the last four years, have more in common with the magic realism of Latin America than the Soviet Socialist variety. They are set in and about Leningrad and Moscow, but Tolstaya's protagonists--children, romantics, fantasists, losers, fools--inhabit the subjective world of dreams and fears. The imagery is extravagant and the point of view shifting and elusive, but somehow Tolstaya manages to invest even her most grotesque characters and their most trivial aspirations with dignity and a claim to our sympathy. This talented writer's rainbow prose will be a tonic to readers ready for a change from the gray tonality of American ``minimalist'' fiction.-- Mary F. Zirin, Altadena, Cal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679728436
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/17/1990
  • Series: Vintage International Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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