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Stargorod: A Novel in Many Voices
Stargorod is a metaphorical provincial city in Russia. It 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 ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published April 17th 2013 by Russian Life Books
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This is the type of book I've wanted to read for a while, fiction about modern Russia that's written by an actual Russian. STARGOROD is 58 short stories all centered around one fictious small town. In the "1990" stories, the reader senses the Soviet malaise, the need to find joy whenever possible. The 2010 stories have more tension and any disappointment on the part of the characters is soften by their resilience and sense of hope. STARGOROD is mostly a series of short character studies. Though ...more