Stargorod: A Novel in Many Voices

Stargorod: A Novel in Many Voices

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"Stargorod is emphatically not big..."

So begins Peter Aleshkovsky's profound, humorous, mystical and poetic novel in stories – a tribute to Russian provincial life that is a modern heir to Gogol's Mirgorod tales.

Stargorod is a mid-sized provincial city that exists only in Russian metaphorical space. It has its roots in Gogol, and Ilf and Petrov, and is a place far from Moscow, but close to Russian hearts. It is a place of mystery and normality, of provincial innocence and Black Earth wisdom. Strange, inexplicable things happen in Stargorod. So do good things. And bad things. A lot like life everywhere, one might say. Only with a heavy dose of vodka, longing and mystery.

Peter Aleshkovsky's writing is vivid and descriptive. His rich, character-driven stories are allegorical and representative of their time and place. In Stargorod, he shows why he is one of modern Russia's most beloved realistic writers, and why he has been thrice nominated for Russia's most prestigious literary prize.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016404349
Publisher: Russian Life Books
Publication date: 04/17/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 332
File size: 870 KB

About the Author

Peter Aleshkovsky was born in 1957 and graduated some two decades later from Moscow State University. He worked for several years as an archaeologist in Central Asia and as a historical preservationist in the Russian North before turning full-time to literature in the mid-1990s. He has authored a dozen books and first attained literary success with "Stargorod," followed by the works "Seagulls"; "Skunk: A Life" (translated into English by Glas); "Vladimir Chigrintsev", "The Institute for Dreams" and "The Other Side of the Moon". Aleshkovsky has thrice been short-listed for the Russian Booker Prize, most recently in 2006, for "Fish: A History of One Migration", which was published in 2010 by Russian Life Books.

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