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ISBN13: 9780809572236
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Every city contains secret places. Moscow in the tumultuous 1990s is no different, its citizens seeking safety in a world below the streets — a dark, cavernous world of magic, weeping trees, and albino jackdaws, where exiled pagan deities and faerytale creatures whisper strange tales to those who would listen. Galina is a young woman caught, like her contemporaries, in the seeming lawlessness of the new Russia. In the midst of this chaos, her sister Maria turns into a jackdaw and flies away — prompting Galina to join Yakov, a policeman investigating a rash of recent disappearances. Their search will take them to the underground realm of hidden truths and archetypes, to find themselves caught between reality and myth, past and present, honor and betrayal...the secret history of Moscow.

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"Sedia (According to Crow) applies urban fantasy templates to her Russian setting with mixed success in her second stand-alone novel. Masha, the cheerfully normal sister of vision-prone translator Galina, turns into a jackdaw and flies off, leaving her just-born child behind. Joined by police detective Yakov Richards, Galina tracks the missing Masha into an underground milieu where lost souls mingle with beings out of Russian folklore. A host of secondary characters rapidly clutter the narrative and cloud its focus, and Sedia's persistently curt prose favors contemporary atmosphere over mythic resonance, diminishing Koschey the Deathless and Zemun the Celestial Cow to near-mundane status. Modern blue-collar Moscow is pitch-perfect, however: bustling yet seedy, disorganized and none too respectable. While undeniably authentic, the cynical tone may alienate many Western readers before they reach the startling but well-grounded climax. On the whole, this wholeheartedly Russian tale is most compelling as social commentary." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Great character sketches and plenty of magic-realist incidents, all set forth in charmingly Russian-accented prose." Kirkus Reviews

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"Sedia's beautifully nuanced prose delivers both a uniquely enchanting fantasy and a thoughtful allegory that probes the Russian national psyche." Booklist

About the Author

Ekatherina Sedia is the author of The Secret History of Moscow. Her short stories have been featured in a variety of publications including Analog, Baen's Universe, and Fantasy Magazine. She lives in Hammonton, New Jersey.

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kismet, June 3, 2008 (view all comments by kismet)
One of a host of new contemporary fantasy novels out of Russia. In the same vein as Neverwhere, Secret HIstory explores a Moscow underground where Eastern European Archetypes retire. Fairy tale heroes and villains rub shoulders with the fallen heroes of Communism in a charming tale laced with commentary on the changing ethics of the new Russia. Original.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780809572236
Author:
Sedia, Ekaterina
Publisher:
Prime Books
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Subject:
Missing persons
Subject:
Moscow (Russia)
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20071120
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.25 in 0.55 lb

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Product details 304 pages Prime Books - English 9780809572236 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sedia (According to Crow) applies urban fantasy templates to her Russian setting with mixed success in her second stand-alone novel. Masha, the cheerfully normal sister of vision-prone translator Galina, turns into a jackdaw and flies off, leaving her just-born child behind. Joined by police detective Yakov Richards, Galina tracks the missing Masha into an underground milieu where lost souls mingle with beings out of Russian folklore. A host of secondary characters rapidly clutter the narrative and cloud its focus, and Sedia's persistently curt prose favors contemporary atmosphere over mythic resonance, diminishing Koschey the Deathless and Zemun the Celestial Cow to near-mundane status. Modern blue-collar Moscow is pitch-perfect, however: bustling yet seedy, disorganized and none too respectable. While undeniably authentic, the cynical tone may alienate many Western readers before they reach the startling but well-grounded climax. On the whole, this wholeheartedly Russian tale is most compelling as social commentary." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Great character sketches and plenty of magic-realist incidents, all set forth in charmingly Russian-accented prose."
"Review" by , "Sedia's beautifully nuanced prose delivers both a uniquely enchanting fantasy and a thoughtful allegory that probes the Russian national psyche."
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