A NIGHT AT THE AIRPORT by Mark Aldanov

A NIGHT AT THE AIRPORT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Seven long-short stories that range from an evocation of the distant past to an intimate recreation of people and events just past, these are marked with energetic conversational gymnastics and are precision paced. The Astroiogist experiences the last days of Hitler: The Torso of Belvedere offers a picture of Vasari, Michelangelo, and the attempted assassination of the Pope: The Ruby tells of a night spent in getting divorce evidence: The Exterminator covers the conference at Yalta and the intimate thoughts of the Big Three: A Night At The Airport builds up the panic of a planeload of passengers isolated on an island airfield as they construe radio reports to mean that war has begun: Darkness pinpoints two German officers in a famous French restaurant and their fate: Number Fourteen follows the collapse of Mussolini before he and Clara were killed. Surface and subsurface writing where verbal and mental fireworks take precedence over the physical, this is primarily for his established market.

Publisher: Scribner