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- DescriptionComing from a thoroughly secular Soviet background, the Russian-British velist Zivy Zinik became aware for the first time of his 'Jewishness' when he emigrated to Israel in the 1970s. In this stylistically invative autobiographical tale, Zinik describes how an unheimliche experience in Berlin - of seeing for real the house he dreamed about many years before in London - led him to investigate the chequered and enigmatic past of his Russian-born grandfather, who, while ostensibly practicing as a doctor in Lithuania, was building the Soviet empire from which Zinik tried to escape 50 years later. In the manner of the classic detective story, Zinik's meditation on assumed 'identity' and plagiarized 'past' culminates in the tion of recognition as a redeeming factor, suggesting that it is t only central to the twentieth-century Jewish experience or even the wider world of emigres, exiles and migrants of all kinds, but to the human condition itself.
- Author BiographyZinovy Zinik is a novelist and broadcaster who has been living in the UK since 1976. He is editor and presenter of West End, a weekly radio show for the BBC Russian Service, and a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of many books, including Mind the Doors, My Father's Leg, and At Home Abroad.
- Author(s)Zinovy Zinik
- PublisherSeagull Books London Ltd
- Date of Publication11/02/2011
- SubjectAutobiography: Literary
- Series TitleManifesto for the 21st Century. In Collabroration with Index Censorship
- Place of PublicationGreenford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintSeagull Books London Ltd
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight200 g
- Width159 mm
- Height190 mm
- Spine16 mm
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