Ambassador Of The Dead

Ambassador Of The Dead

by Askold Melnyczuk


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One Sunday morning, Nick Blud, a successful Boston physician, is home in bed when he receives a phone call from Ada Kruk, the mother of a boyhood friend. Ada summons Nick back to his old Ukranian-American New Jersey neighborhood, where something unspeakable has just happened-exactly what, no one is willing to say. To find out, Nick sets off on a journey through the past, his own as well as that of Ada's son, Alex, who long has struggled to escape his family's legacy of violence.

A harrowing tale about friendship and love, America and the immigrant's dream, Ambassador of the Dead introduces Ada Kruk, a mother like no other, at once Mary and Medea, Sarah and Medusa.

A study of ambitions gone awry and appetites too easily gratified, this novel is also an unflinching meditation on exile and assimilation and the price of love.

Dan Cryer of Newsday labeled Ambassador of the Dead "...Artistic gold" calling Melnyczuk "an able analyst of character and a superb storyteller." And, Esquire magazine said "A novel so precise and understated it's stunning."

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983976332
Publisher: PFP Publishing
Publication date: 10/31/2011
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

A Family of Kruks1
The Disappearing Sickness37
The Ambassador of the Dead107
The Woman Who Defeated Stalin191
The Invisible World253

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....Fresh and stunning. I loved it.

James Carroll extraordinary novel, passionately and intelligently written.
— (James Carroll, author of Constantine's Sword)

Ha Jin extraordinary novel, passionately and intelligently written.
— (Ha Jin, author of Waiting)

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