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Skönheten från Moskva : roman (1990)
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"The Russian beauty is Irina Tarakanova. She is beautiful, bisexual, and utterly knowing. She is also a heroine as touchingly human as Emma Bovary and Molly Bloom, and the narrator of this astonishing and sophisticated novel." "Abandoning her dull provincial life for Moscow, Irina embarks on a spectacular horizontal career encompassing all layers of Moscow society: Western diplomats, nationalist dissidents, American Journalists, KGB officers. It is not until she meets the older married Leonardik (who once "shook hands with Stalin") that she finds her match." "But their relationship is doomed, and neither subsequent lovers, nor memories of her beloved lesbian friend, Ksyusha, can console her. Reflecting on her own and Russia's tragic destiny, Irina decides that it is only through her own self-sacrifice that the motherland that has condemned her can be saved. . ." "Combining satire and brutal realism, eroticism and humor, Victor Erofeyev paints an unsparing picture of the Soviet world behind official facades. In his extraordinary heroine, he has also created a vision and a voice that are unique in Russian literature."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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