Rights sold: France - ACTES SUD, Russia - EKSMO, Spain - CLUB EDITOR (Catalan language), World English - AMAZON CROSSING,
With icons like Chubby Checker and Yuri Gagarin, the Moscow that Svyatoslav Semyonovich inhabits at the onset of the Cold War brims with the flashy visual textures of capitalism. A Jewish teenager on the hunt for black-market tight pants and rock records, Svyatoslav somehow fails to develop his undying love for Lyuba into a happy ending. He finds work in a mental institution, runs off to Kiev with one of the patients, marries a few times, has a son, becomes a professor, and halfheartedly runs interference for the KGB. Always taking great pleasure in the experiences of others, including his patients and lovers, Svyatoslav flounders through his own life but never loses sight of Lyuba, his biblical Rachel, his great love. A professor and close reader of both...
Rights sold: Italy – Voland, Fanucci (magazine rights), France - Verdie, World English - Dalkey Archive Press
A magical realism masterpiece, this family saga is populated by surrealist characters, and narrated with a spicy and clownish language. A mysterious race of a greedy tribe leaded by a bizarre patriarch with a heroic past, all inhabiting the unexplored depths of a house as big as the world. Otroshenko's quirky and cute characters move, peck, amuse one another as if they were puppets of papier mâché, engaged in phantasmagoric adventures, enchanting and exhilarating. Otroshenko makes the entire history of mankind and of Russia to repeat itself endlessly, in concentric circles out of time and space.