Search Results: "Andrei Bitov"


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A CAPTIVE OF THE CAUCASUS by Andrei Bitov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1992

"This sense of mysterious, giddy provisionality is both very Russian and deliciously individual in Bitov."
This is the third Bitov book to reach us in Susan Brownsberger's exemplary translation (the novel Life in Windy Weather and short-story collection Pushkin House)—and just how shaggy and exhilarating an encyclopedia of Russian literature Bitov is becomes more and more manifest: He's like an anti-Nabokov. Read full book review >

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THE SYMMETRY TEACHER by Andrei Bitov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2014

"While Bitov's intelligence and gift for intellectual play are never in doubt, the novel hits the head rather than the heart."
A postmodern novel of dizzying intricacy. Read full book review >

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THE MONKEY LINK by Andrei Bitov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"A quintessentially Russian pilgrim's progress, infused with fierce intellectual energy, searing irony, and an anguished love for a long-suffering country and its people."
A brilliant, richly allusive novel from the acclaimed Russian writer (Pushkin House, 1987, etc.), chronicling a search for the soul of a man and his country. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Newcomers to Codrescu may be put off by some of his slapdash indulgences here, but his many fans will welcome the opportunity to roam around again in his quirky mind."
Prolific belletrist, novelist, and NPR commentator Codrescu (The Blood Countess, 1995; Zombification, 1994; etc.) offers his trademark benign-oddball perspective on a broad array of cultural topics in another scattershot collection. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 16, 1993

"But America is more than its fringe, and Codrescu, with his yen for the bohemian and the bizarre, never quite uncovers the land's expansive, mainstream heart. (Seventy-four b&w photographs—some seen)"
Romanian-born poet, professor (English/LSU), and NPR commentator Codrescu (The Hole in the Flag, 1991, etc.) drives from East Coast to West, nosing into the sort of lovably wacky Americana that's made the comparable dispatches of fellow wheelman/writer Charles Kuralt so popular. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL NEVER SLEEPS by Andrei Codrescu
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2000

"Fans will delight in another window into Codrescu's shrewd and quirky mind - his confession of AOL addiction, his thoughts on being a grandfather, and his strange yet convincing argument 'Against Synchronicity.' Others, though, may become lost in the many obscurities."
Novelist, poet, professor, and NPR commentator Codrescu (Hail Babylon!, 1998, etc.) brings his eclectic interests and unique slant to good, evil, and much, much more in this millennial collection of his latest essays. Read full book review >

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Released: June 19, 1991

"Intensely personal and keenly perceptive: a poignant study of a troubled homecoming, and a lively resource for anyone who would understand Romania today."
A passionate, poetic view of Romania in the days immediately after the fall of the Ceausescus by poet, essayist, and NPR commentator Codrescu (The Disappearance of the Outside, 1990, etc.), who returned to his homeland after living in exile for 25 years. Read full book review >

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Released: July 25, 1994

"A grab bag of emotions, then, but those who prefer Codrescu's lighter side will find everything from nymphettes in San Francisco to art food in Seattle. (Author tour)"
There's plenty of Codrescu's trademark wry wit on display in this collection of pieces written for and broadcast on National Public Radio's ``All Things Considered'' from 1989 to 1993, but his serious side is more overtly in evidence than it was in Road Scholar (1993). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 17, 2008

"Lively, densely detailed and unabashedly enthusiastic."
Writing with the flair of a novelist, Cherny (The Next Deal: The Future of Public Life in the Information Age, 2000) tells the story of the Berlin Airlift. Read full book review >

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AY, CUBA! by Andrei Codrescu
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

"16 pages color photos, 40 b&w photos)."
Codrescu (English/Louisiana State Univ.), prolific author and NPR journalist, treats us to a 12-day idiosyncratic vacation 90 miles and a world apart from the US. Read full book review >

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THE BLOOD COUNTESS by Andrei Codrescu
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1995

"A wonderful historical novel that merits comparison with the fiction of Zoe Oldenbourg and Marguerite Yourcenar. (First printing of 150,000; Literary Guild alternate selection; author tour)"
An expertly crafted first novel uncovers the roots of contemporary Eastern European carnage in the lurid story of a notorious 16th-century murderess. Read full book review >

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THE REAL NORTH KOREA by Andrei Lankov
NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 2013

"A well-reasoned survey by a scholar who excels at long-term thinking."
Examination of North Korea's misery-producing dictatorship, why it cannot last and how to replace it. Read full book review >