The Tsar of Love and Techno
The Tsar of Love and Techno begins in 1930s Leningrad, where a failed portrait artist is tasked by Soviet censors to erase political dissenters from official images and artworks. One day, he receives an antique painting of a dacha inside a box of images meant to be altered. The mystery behind this painting reverberates through the stories that follow, which take us through a century as they thread together a cast of characters including a Siberian beauty queen, a young soldier in the battlefields of Chechnya, the Head of the Grozny Tourist Bureau, a ballerina performing for the camp director of a gulag and many others.
Praise for A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
âe~Storytelling of magical purity, illuminated by hope... Marra is a magnificent writerâe(tm) The Times
âe~Extraordinary... a 21st-century War and Peaceâe(tm) New York Times Book Review
âe~An absolute masterpieceâe(tm) Sarah Jessica Parker, Entertainment Weekly
Marra is the winner of: the National Book Critics Circleâe(tm)s John Leonard Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Barnes and Noble Fiction Discover Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, the Whiting Writersâe(tm) Award, the Berlin Prize, the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle, the Athens Prize for Literature.
The new book from one of the most prizewinning young writers in the US -- nine dazzling interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war and the redemptive power of art
"Each story is a gem... almost unbearably moving" New York Times "Seamlessly narrated, with flashes of dark humour" International New York Times "Seamlessly narrated, with flashes of dark humour" International New York Times "A superbly artful collection" BBC Culture "Remarkable... Marra is a gifted writer with the energy and the ambition to explore the lives of characters whose experiences and whose psyches might seem, until we read his work, so distant from our own. Reading his work is like watching the restoration - the reappearance, on the page - of those whom history has erased" Washington Post
ANTHONY MARRA is the author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (2013), which in the US won the National Book Critics Circle's inaugural John Leonard Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, and the Barnes and Noble Fiction Discover Award and appeared on more than twenty Books of the Year lists. Internationally it won prizes including the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle in France and the Athens Prize for Literature in Greece. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a Guggenheim Fellow and Whiting Award recipient, Marra lives in Oakland, California, and teaches at Stanford University. Visit http://anthonymarra.net/.