Title: The Tsar of Love and Techno
Author: Anthony Marra
Published Date: October 06th, 2015
Genre: Short Stories, Historical Fiction
Rating: 5 Stars
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis (From Goodreads)
This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking. A 1930s Soviet censor painstakingly corrects offending photographs, deep underneath Leningrad, bewitched by the image of a disgraced prima ballerina. A chorus of women recount their stories and those of their grandmothers, former gulag prisoners who settled their Siberian mining town. Two pairs of brothers share a fierce, protective love. Young men across the former USSR face violence at home and in the military. And great sacrifices are made in the name of an oil landscape unremarkable except for the almost incomprehensibly peaceful past it depicts. In stunning prose, with rich character portraits and a sense of history reverberating into the present, The Tsar of Love and Techno is a captivating work from one of our greatest new talents.
I am not sure where to even begin. I have never read anything so beautiful, but so devastating at the same time. So many families shattered, and people destroyed over the course of centuries.
I found each story line to be poignant, every character and situation so devastatingly sad that often my stomach sat permanently inside my throat. I wept, and angered, and possibly went through every step of grief possible. No story arc hit me more than Kiyola’s and Alexei’s. I have never seen a love so fierce and so devoted. I am still emotionally wrecked from that story line.
Marra’s stories are so very much human. Characters whose lives are shattered by war and shifting regimes, they try so hard to make a life in a practically uninhabitable world. Marra makes you feel for these characters, almost wishing you could trade places with them, if only to alieve them of the outcome you know is coming, but desperate enough to want escape.
The words are lyrical, and the stories flow really well. I was hooked from start to finish. Marra will most likely become a classic, and I will be there to read everything!
Beautiful stories, I whole heartedly recommend!