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Appealing . . . deceptively simple prose, with its ironies and hints of unstated emotion -- Financial Times, June 2004

Combines the mordant humour of Bulgakov with the scope of Solzhenitsyn -- Observer

Not one inauthentic detail . . . Druzhnikov is working accurately and precisely like a sapper -- Literary Gazette, Moscow

This beautiful book . . . manages to combine plainness and poetry, horror and humour, in a quite extraordinary way -- Literary Review, July 2004

Vigorous, uncompromising prose, emitting flashes of cinematic brilliance -- Good Book Guide, July 2004

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Yuri Druzhnikov’s work has sold over 250,000 copies in Russia and he is considered by many European authors (including Alexander Solzhenitsyn) to be one of the most important Russian writers of modern times. His novel Angels on the Head of a Pin was named one of the ten best Russian novels of the twentieth century at the 1999 Warsaw conference. In 2001 he was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature. He teaches at the University of California at Davis.

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comic, poignant novel by Russian author 25 Dec. 2004
By Henry Berry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Oleg Nemets' situation resembles that of the situation of the new Russia, his homeland. Oleg's unexplained loss of his father in World War II is the experience everything centers on; as similarly, Russia has been abruptly cut off from its historical and ideological pasts. Both Oleg and Russia find themselves in a new world with little from the past to guide them. Oleg takes to art. He becomes an exceptional violin player who travels the world, living in San Francisco after a while. But his art, no matter how much he puts into it and how successful he is with it, does not bring a complete satisfaction to him. Rather, because of it, he is drawn back to Russia, the source of the sense of loss he cannot overcome. This underlies the main character's situation. But Druzhnikov does not dwell on it in a heavy way. Oleg is a bright, energetic, hopeful character whose attempts to bring past and present together are dealt with in a spirited and often comic way. Dialogue is occasionally zany, characters eccentric, and Oleg's thoughts ad observations clever and witty. Author Druzhnikov is a best-selling Russian author who has gained international notice and is currently a Professor of Russian Literature at the U. of California-Davis.
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