Published by: Bulgaria - Партииздат (1989), Croatia - Svjetlost (1989), The Netherlands - Contact (1989), USA - Faber and Faber (1996)

Rights sold: Italy - Salani

A novel about growing up in a small provincial Russian town on the Black Sea before and partly during World War II. The ambience is of a multi-ethnic (in the Russian provincial sense), close-knit working-class community, seen through the eyes of a bright, bookish child.

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