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Zift (10 Edition)by Vladislav Todorov
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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.
Tightly-structured, hard-boiled fiction with stylistic turns from 40s noir movies, set in Communist era Bulgaria.
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.
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