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Zift: Socialist Noir

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"A compelling thriller."—Los Angeles Times

"Zift is like a flaming shot of rotgut smuggled in from the old country…Vladislav Todorov adroitly uses the American genre of noir to excoriate the political villains of his homeland's past…Zift is gritty and brisk."—Matt Jakubowski, City Paper

"Todorov's raw, hard-boiled parody takes dead aim at noir and leaves it gasping for breath."—Michael Pinker, Review of Contemporary Fiction

December 21, 1963: Having served 20 years for a murder he didn't commit, "Moth" exits Central Sofia Prison anticipating his first night of freedom. Instead he steps into a new and alien world—the nightmarish totalitarianism of Communist Bulgaria. In his first hours of freedom he traverses the map of a diabolical city, full of decaying neighborhoods, gloomy streets, and a bizarre parade of characters.

A novel of grave wit, Zift unfolds in the course of a single, frenetic night, offering a fast-paced, ghoulish, even grotesque—but also enchanting—tour of shadowy, socialist Sofia. To achieve his depiction of totalitarian absurdity, Vladislav Todorov combines the methods of hardboiled American crime fiction and film noir with socialist symbols and communist ideological clichés.

"Todorov was obviously raised on a steady diet of American noir, and it shows in the pacing, the language, and the shadowy depths of every alleyway, every street corner."—Jessa Crispin

"…stalking its genre with the meticulousness of an assassin, while simultaneously parodying it. A novel that unfolds over a single night, in a single breath—and also reads that way…a black-and-white cinematographic vision of early-1960s Sofia by Night."—Georgi Gospodinov, author of Natural Novel

"The novel interweaves the key tropes of Soviet socialist realism and American hard-boiled detective fiction to produce a richly intertextual portrayal of a nightmarish—yet comical—Bulgarian communist society in late 1963."—Three Percent

"Pulp fiction by a historian of ideas."—Literary Weekly

"Tongue flambé."—Kultura

"Zift is a play on the pulp noir genre, in book and film, and Todorov has fun playing it to the hilt."—The Complete Review

"Zift is part noir, part crime story, part social satire, part black comedy (extremely black), part absurdist fairy tale."—BiblioBuffet

ZiftVladislav Todorov's debut novel, was a finalist for the 2007 Vick Prize as Bulgarian Novel of the Year and a nominee for the Elias Canetti National Literary Prize. Todorov also wrote the screenplay for the 2008 film version of ZiftVariety hailed the movie as "an instant midnight fest fave." Todorov teaches film and literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

Joseph Benatov holds a BA and an MA from Sofia University and a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where he currently teaches.

Synopsis:

Tightly-structured, hard-boiled fiction with stylistic turns from 40s noir movies, set in Communist era Bulgaria.

Synopsis:

December 21, 1963: Having served 20 years for a murder he didn't commit, "Moth" exits Central Sofia Prison anticipating his first night of freedom. Instead he steps into a new and alien world—the nightmarish totalitarianism of Communist Bulgaria. In his first hours of freedom he traverses the map of a diabolical city, full of decaying neighborhoods, gloomy streets, and a bizarre parade of characters.

A novel of grave wit, Zift unfolds in the course of a single, frenetic night, offering a fast-paced, ghoulish, even grotesque—but also enchanting—tour of shadowy, socialist Sofia. To achieve his depiction of totalitarian absurdity, Vladislav Todorov combines the methods of hardboiled American crime fiction and film noir with socialist symbols and communist ideological clichés.

About the Author

Zift, Vladislav Todorov's first novel, was originally published in Bulgaria in 2006. It was nominated for the Vick Prize as Bulgarian Novel of the Year and the Elias Canetti National Literary Prize. He is the author of several scholarly books on modernism, political aesthetics, performing and visual arts, terrorism and global governance. Currently he teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781589880597
Subtitle:
A Noir Novel
Author:
Todorov, Vladislav
Translator:
Benatov, Joseph
Author:
Benatov, Joseph
Publisher:
Paul Dry Books
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100817
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 in 6 oz

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Tightly-structured, hard-boiled fiction with stylistic turns from 40s noir movies, set in Communist era Bulgaria.
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December 21, 1963: Having served 20 years for a murder he didn't commit, "Moth" exits Central Sofia Prison anticipating his first night of freedom. Instead he steps into a new and alien world—the nightmarish totalitarianism of Communist Bulgaria. In his first hours of freedom he traverses the map of a diabolical city, full of decaying neighborhoods, gloomy streets, and a bizarre parade of characters.

A novel of grave wit, Zift unfolds in the course of a single, frenetic night, offering a fast-paced, ghoulish, even grotesque—but also enchanting—tour of shadowy, socialist Sofia. To achieve his depiction of totalitarian absurdity, Vladislav Todorov combines the methods of hardboiled American crime fiction and film noir with socialist symbols and communist ideological clichés.

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