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A feast of sensuality, Payne's third epic novel narrates the story of the beautiful young Nadja, and her brooding lover Nikolai, as the two come of age in a springtime garden. When their world of earthly delights fades with the dying season, the two are exiled from their pastoral romance into a fiery world of seedy urban haunts, intoxicated dreams and electric lights. When ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 16th 2008 by ModeRoom Press (first published 2008)
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Laura
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“It’s not that we have to quit this life one day, it’s how many things we have to quit all at once: holding hands, hotel rooms, music, the physics of falling leaves, vanilla and jasmine, poppies, smiling, anthills, the color of the sky, coffee and cashmere, literature, sparks and subway trains... If only one could leave this life slowly!”
― Roman Payne, Hope and Despair

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I was so engrossed with this book that I completely forgot to highlight any of the beautiful quotations throughout! I fell in
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vania
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I started reading it, it filled my heart with joy and I felt very happy, because of Nadja and Nikolai. They were such a sweet couple and did cute things together; Nikolai would tell stories about tsars and heroes to Nadja, they would go on a picnic to an island nearby, etc. But as the book moves on, I felt everything got twisted and like Payne was playing with my mind but kept me very interested still on the book (and if you read the Book II all at once like I did, maybe you'll need a break ...more
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Roman Payne (b. 1977) is a novelist and poet currently living in political exile in Africa, in the kingdom of Morocco. Payne coined the famous word “wanderess” and is the author of five novels including, “The Wanderess”; which, since its publication in 2013, has influenced art and cultures all over the world. In the East, the famous Bollywood designer Masaba Gupta used Payne’s novel as the inspira ...more
“It’s not that we have to quit this life one day, it’s how many things we have to quit all at once: holding hands, hotel rooms, music, the physics of falling leaves, vanilla and jasmine, poppies, smiling, anthills, the color of the sky, coffee and cashmere, literature, sparks and subway trains... If only one could leave this life slowly!” 241 likes
“She wakes in a puddle of sunlight.
Her hands asleep beside her.
Her hair draped on the lawn
like a mantle of cloth.”
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