PU-239 and Other Russian Fantasies

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Publisher Description

The acclaimed short story and novella collection by “a virtuoso of the dismal comedy of Soviet life”—and the basis for the HBO film PU-239 (The New York Times).

Ken Kalfus traverses a century of Russian history in tales that range from hair-raising to comic to fabulous. The astonishing title story follows a doomed nuclear power plant worker as he attempts to hawk plutonium in Moscow’s black market. In “Budyonnovsk,” a young man hopes that the takeover of his town by Chechen rebels will somehow save his marriage.

Set in the 1920s, “Birobidzhan” is the bittersweet story of a Jewish couple journeying to the Soviet Far East, where they intend to establish the modern world’s first Jewish state. The novella, “Peredelkino,” which closes the book, traces the fortunes of a 1960s literary apparatchik whose romantic intrigues inadvertently become political. In these and other stories, Kalfus captures the famously enigmatic Russian psyche.

A PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2011
February 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
314
Pages
PUBLISHER
Milkweed Editions
SELLER
OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
SIZE
679
KB

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