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The eighth life (for Brilka)

Author: Nino Haratischwili; Charlotte Collins; Ruth Martin, (Translator)
Publisher: Brunswick, Victoria : Scribe Publications, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"'That night Stasia took an oath, swearing to learn the recipe by heart and destroy the paper. And when she was lying in her bed again, recalling the taste with all her senses, she was sure that this secret recipe could heal wounds, avert catastrophes, and bring people happiness. But she was wrong.' At the start of the twentieth century, on the edge of the Russian Empire, a family prospers. It owes its success to a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Historical fiction
History
German fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nino Haratischwili; Charlotte Collins; Ruth Martin, (Translator)
ISBN: 9781925713329 1925713326 9781911617464 9781950354153 9781950354146 9781911617471 9781925693072 191161746X 1950354156 1950354148 1911617478 1925693074
OCLC Number: 1121207663
Notes: "Originally published as Das achte Leben (Für Brilka) in German by Frankfurter Verglagsanstalt GmbH in 2014"--Title page verso.
Translated from the German.
Description: 934 pages ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Achte Leben (für Brilka)
Responsibility: Nino Haratischvili ; translated by Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin.

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"'That night Stasia took an oath, swearing to learn the recipe by heart and destroy the paper. And when she was lying in her bed again, recalling the taste with all her senses, she was sure that this secret recipe could heal wounds, avert catastrophes, and bring people happiness. But she was wrong.' At the start of the twentieth century, on the edge of the Russian Empire, a family prospers. It owes its success to a delicious chocolate recipe, passed down the generations with great solemnity and caution. A caution which is justified: this is a recipe for ecstasy that carries a very bitter aftertaste... Stasia learns it from her Georgian father and takes it north, following her new husband, Simon, to his posting at the centre of the Russian Revolution in St Petersburg. Stasia's is only the first in a symphony of grand but all too often doomed romances that swirl from sweet to sour in this epic tale of the red century. Tumbling down the years, and across vast expanses of longing and loss, generation after generation of this compelling family hears echoes and sees reflections. Great characters and greater relationships come and go and come again; the world shakes, and shakes some more, and the reader rejoices to have found at last one of those glorious old books in which you can live and learn, be lost and found, and make indelible new friends."--Provided by publisher.

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