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ISBN13: 9780618534401
ISBN10: 0618534407
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Staff Pick

Sharp, compelling, and dark. Edward Docx is fantastically gifted with prose and weaves a complex family saga and literary thriller. With descriptive powers rivaling Le Carre, and a setting that hops between Russia, London and New York, I devoured this book in one sitting.
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Inspired by the author's own family history, Pravda is a haunting chronicle of suspicion and loss, love and loyalty, and the destructive legacy of deceit.

Thirty-two-year-old Gabriel Clarke arrives in St. Petersburg from London to find his mother dead in her apartment. Reeling from grief, Gabriel and his twin, Isabella, bury their mother and struggle to make sense of their loss. Unknown to either, their mother had long ago abandoned a son, Arkady, now an utterly amoral Russian predator determined to claim his birthright. Aided by an ex-seminarian and heroin addict whose addiction is destroying him, Arkady tracks down the twins and uncovers the shocking secrets hidden from them their entire lives.

Review:

"Docx's second novel (after The Calligrapher) wrings out all the theatrics to be had from unhappy urban-dwelling twins, their sexually voracious father and dead Russian mother. Twins Gabriel and Isabella Glover, both 32 and leading lackluster lives — she at a New York PR firm, he the editor in London of Self-Help! magazine — see another crack form in their perennially tortured existences when their mother, Maria, who defected to marry their British father, dies alone in St. Petersburg. (Their despised father, Nicholas, meanwhile, dabbles in art, decadence and self-important interior monologues in Paris.) All are unaware of an additional family member: Arkady Artamenkov, their mother's first son, who had been kept afloat by Maria's financial assistance and the guiding hand of his junkie friend, Henry Whey. After the checks stop, Henry hatches a plan to send Arkady to plead for money from the family that doesn't know he exists. Though Docx's prose can get dangerously overheated ('Give me the sincerity of nakedness and the honesty of desire, O God, and deliver me from the turgid bourgeoisie and all their favorite phrases'), the crushing atmosphere will draw in fans of dark Euro-fiction." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"'Pravda' is a book on fire. Ignited by a family secret, Edward Docx's novel of lies, betrayals, revelations and repercussions is written with a mastery and passion that summon up Dickens and Dostoevsky, peppered with a hip, wild 21st-century perspective.

Although meticulously crafted, 'Pravda' seems as spontaneous as a musical improvisation. Told from multiple points of view, the... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"As in his previous book, the final twist is a stunner, both totally unexpected and carefully prepared for. Longlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize, and with good reason: well written, vigorously plotted and perceptive about human nature." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Though Docx's prose veers out of control at times...he manages to elevate this most dysfunctional family to the level of international intrigue. Caustic, hip, and highly recommended." Library Journal

Synopsis:

A sweeping transcontinental novel of secrets and lies buried within a single family

Thirty-two-year-old Gabriel Glover arrives in St. Petersburg to find his mother dead in her apartment. Reeling from grief, Gabriel and his twin sister, Isabella, arrange the funeral without contacting their father, Nicholas, a brilliant and manipulative libertine. Unknown to the twins, their mother had long ago abandoned a son, Arkady, a pitiless Russian predator now determined to claim his birthright. Aided by an ex-seminarian whose heroin addiction is destroying him, Arkady sets out to find the siblings and uncover the dark secret hidden from them their entire lives.

Winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Pravda is a darkly funny, compulsively readable, and hauntingly beautiful chronicle of discovery and loss, love and loyalty, and the destructive legacy of deceit.

About the Author

Edward Docx has been literary editor and Sunday columnist for the London Express and, most recently, a satirical columnist for the London Times. He appears frequently on British television and radio as a cultural critic. He has interviewed many eminent writers and was the principal consultant and commentator on the BBC World Service series for Bob Dylan's sixtieth birthday. Born in 1972, he is a graduate of Cambridge University. He is at work on his second novel.

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Larry Robinson, October 17, 2008 (view all comments by Larry Robinson)
Though very different from Docx's first book, The Calligrapher, it is still filled with his fantastic writing. This book has it all; big ideas, family drama, and great settings. This is a book that will make you think.
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Laurie Blum, March 30, 2008 (view all comments by Laurie Blum)
Historical fiction at its best - 4 bravo stars ****
"Pravda" by Edward Docx had me hooked from the first chapter but aaaah, the last 50 pages are absolutely the best! The multi-generational characters starting with Grandpa Max (or is he really who he claims?), the twins, Gabriel & Isabella ... enter Arkady, a sibling? the parents? Truly a unique family saga, set between St. Petersburg, Russia & London & back again. I laughed, cried, felt loss & the celebration of discovery through the vivid descriptive language! Cannot wait to read The Calligrapher by this same talented author!
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Laurie Blum, March 30, 2008 (view all comments by Laurie Blum)
Historical fiction at its best ... 4 stars! Edward Docx's "Pravda" had me hooked right from the first chapter but aaaah, the last 50 pages are the best! I enjoyed the multi generational characters from Max, the grandpa who turns out to be .... ooops, not telling the secret ending ... the twins, Gabriel & Isabella, Arkady .. is he a sibling? This adventure takes you from St. Petersburg, Russia to London and back again ... don't miss this description-rich novel filled with secrets & discovery! I now want to read "The Calligrapher" by this same talented author.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618534401
Author:
Docx, Edward
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Family secrets
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.09x5.90x.99 in. .93 lbs.

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Product details 400 pages Mariner Books - English 9780618534401 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Sharp, compelling, and dark. Edward Docx is fantastically gifted with prose and weaves a complex family saga and literary thriller. With descriptive powers rivaling Le Carre, and a setting that hops between Russia, London and New York, I devoured this book in one sitting.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Docx's second novel (after The Calligrapher) wrings out all the theatrics to be had from unhappy urban-dwelling twins, their sexually voracious father and dead Russian mother. Twins Gabriel and Isabella Glover, both 32 and leading lackluster lives — she at a New York PR firm, he the editor in London of Self-Help! magazine — see another crack form in their perennially tortured existences when their mother, Maria, who defected to marry their British father, dies alone in St. Petersburg. (Their despised father, Nicholas, meanwhile, dabbles in art, decadence and self-important interior monologues in Paris.) All are unaware of an additional family member: Arkady Artamenkov, their mother's first son, who had been kept afloat by Maria's financial assistance and the guiding hand of his junkie friend, Henry Whey. After the checks stop, Henry hatches a plan to send Arkady to plead for money from the family that doesn't know he exists. Though Docx's prose can get dangerously overheated ('Give me the sincerity of nakedness and the honesty of desire, O God, and deliver me from the turgid bourgeoisie and all their favorite phrases'), the crushing atmosphere will draw in fans of dark Euro-fiction." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "As in his previous book, the final twist is a stunner, both totally unexpected and carefully prepared for. Longlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize, and with good reason: well written, vigorously plotted and perceptive about human nature."
"Review" by , "Though Docx's prose veers out of control at times...he manages to elevate this most dysfunctional family to the level of international intrigue. Caustic, hip, and highly recommended."
"Synopsis" by ,
A sweeping transcontinental novel of secrets and lies buried within a single family

Thirty-two-year-old Gabriel Glover arrives in St. Petersburg to find his mother dead in her apartment. Reeling from grief, Gabriel and his twin sister, Isabella, arrange the funeral without contacting their father, Nicholas, a brilliant and manipulative libertine. Unknown to the twins, their mother had long ago abandoned a son, Arkady, a pitiless Russian predator now determined to claim his birthright. Aided by an ex-seminarian whose heroin addiction is destroying him, Arkady sets out to find the siblings and uncover the dark secret hidden from them their entire lives.

Winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Pravda is a darkly funny, compulsively readable, and hauntingly beautiful chronicle of discovery and loss, love and loyalty, and the destructive legacy of deceit.

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