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- DescriptionBoria, the narrator of this lovely vel, is a superfluous man fated to play a marginal role in society Soviet Russian society. The son of a small Jewish businessman, his petit bourgeois origins prevent him access to the university world in which he believes he has found his calling. This means he must educate himself and resign himself to teaching in second-class institutions. In a fragmentary way, the sensitive Boria recalls his tumultuous life: the death of his father; his first attempts to earn a living teaching private lessons; living in different cities, including Kharkiv, Leningrad, and Rostov; and, above all, his love for the beautiful Katia, a paradigm of feminine unpredictability. Through these fragments, the narrator forms an emotional yet insightful portrait of daily life in Soviet Russia, a world dominated by collective values that tend to crush any glimmer of humanity. The author infuses biographical elements into the vel, which he finished writing in the 1960s but could t publish until 1989. The book established Metter as one of the most prominent Soviet authors of the era and earned him international fame.
- Author BiographyIzrail Metter was a Ukrainian mathematics professor who began to write antifascist texts during World War II. He later wrote scripts for the well-known comic book author Arkadi Raikin. He is the author of more than 20 novels, plays, and screenplays. His books include Genealogia y otros relatos and Mukhtar. Mercedes Monmany is a renowned Spanish literary critic and the author of Don Quijote en los Carpatos, Una infancia de escritor, and Vidas de mujer. Selma Ancira is a translator of Russian and Greek literature. She has translated, among other authors, Pushkin, Dostoievski, Bunin, Bulgakov, Pasternak, Seferis, Ritsos, Kampanelis, and Maria Iordanidou.
- Author(s)Izrail Metter
- PublisherLibros del Asteroide S.L.U.
- Date of Publication01/01/2016
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLibros del Asteroide S.L.U.
- Weight245 g
- Width127 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Translated bySelma Ancira
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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