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Aetherial worlds : stories

Author: Tatʹi︠a︡na Tolstai︠a︡; Anya Migdal
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From one of modern Russia's finest writers, a spellbinding collection of eighteen stories, her first to be translated into English in more than twenty years. Ordinary realities and yearnings to transcend them lead to miraculous other worlds in this dazzling collection of stories. A woman's deceased father appears in her dreams with clues about the afterlife; a Russian professor in a small American town constructs  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
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Tolstai︠a︡, Tatʹi︠a︡na, 1951 May 3-
Aetherial worlds.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018
(DLC) 2017032042
(OCoLC)992221742
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tatʹi︠a︡na Tolstai︠a︡; Anya Migdal
ISBN: 9781524732783 1524732788
OCLC Number: 1029296448
Notes: "Borzoi book."
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 241 pages)
Contents: Aspic --
Smoke and shadows --
There --
A young lady in bloom --
Nowhere --
Father --
The invisible maiden --
The square --
Judith with the sword --
Aetherial worlds --
Doors and demons --
Without --
Faraway lands --
Official nationality --
Emanuel --
The window --
See the reverse.
Other Titles: Short stories.
Responsibility: Tatyana Tolstaya ; translated from the Russian by Anya Migdal.

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From one of modern Russia's finest writers, a spellbinding collection of eighteen stories, her first to be translated into English in more than twenty years. Ordinary realities and yearnings to transcend them lead to miraculous other worlds in this dazzling collection of stories. A woman's deceased father appears in her dreams with clues about the afterlife; a Russian professor in a small American town constructs elaborate fantasies during her cigarette break; a man falls in love with a marble statue as his marriage falls apart; a child glimpses heaven through a stained-glass window. With the emotional insight of Chekhov, the surreal satire of Gogol, and a unique blend of humor and poetry all her own, Tolstaya transmutes the quotidian into aetherial alternatives. These tales, about politics, identity, love, and loss, cut to the core of the Russian psyche, even as they lay bare human universals. Tolstaya's characters--seekers all--are daydreaming children, lonely adults, dislocated foreigners in unfamiliar lands. Whether contemplating the strategic complexities of delivering telegrams in Leningrad or the meditative melancholy of holiday aspic, vibrant inner lives and the grim elements of existence are registered in equally sharp detail in a starkly bleak but sympathetic vision of life on earth. A unique collection from one of the first women in years to rank among Russia's most important writers.

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