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Back to Moscow

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The early 2000s, and Martin, an expat student recently arrived in Moscow to write a doctoral thesis on the heroines of Russian literature, needs all the guidance he can get to fathom the mysterious Russian soul. Distracted from his studies by the bright lure of nightclubs, vodka, ready money and real women, his restless explorations of the city lead him to dark and unexpected places . . .

'Powerful . . . An ambitious debut' The Independent on Sunday

'A rich debut. Back to Moscow is a book to get lost in' Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals

'The rare novel whose last paragraphs offer up a genuine epiphany, wholly earned and wholly unexpected. An act of magic' Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Illumination

From Publishers Weekly

22 February 2016 – Russia's capital is the most dynamic character in Erades's boozy bildungsroman. Fresh from a college heartbreak in Amsterdam, the 20-something Martin moves to Moscow in the late 1990s to complete a doctorate at the prestigious Moscow State University. Falling in with an international cohort of bros about town "the brothers" and the local women "dyevs" they pick up at popular nightclubs and bars, Martin decides that his nightly conquests can double as his doctoral research, as "a complete picture of Russian woman compare with the behavior of heroines in Russian literature." He begins with Lena, a spiritual, suffering young woman who resents his unwillingness to commit, and he continues on to the business-minded Yulya, schoolgirl Polina, and the traditional, provincial Tatyana, a recent Siberian transplant who wants nothing more than a quiet family life and offers Martin a chance to retire from the exhausting chase for more sex and better venues. Interspersed with these encounters are Martin's reflections on Russian classics, from Chekhov's Three Sisters to Pushkin's Eugene Onegin. The tragic resolution feels rushed, but readers will appreciate the texture and detail Erades gives to Moscow.
Back to Moscow
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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: 10 March 2016
  • Publisher: Scribner UK
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
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