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The Russian Affair: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 12, 2011
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"Wallner brings the 1970s Soviet Union to life in this suspenseful tale of love and espionage during the Cold War."
—The Daily Beast
Praise for April in Paris:
“Bittersweet, resonant ... [Wallner] evokes war-ravaged Paris with a deft touch.”
—New York Times Book Review
"Touching [and] thrilling ... An impressive debut."
Top Customer Reviews
Anna's life is stressful. She works as a house painter and shops, cooks, and cleans when she gets home. Petya is often ill and has difficulty breathing; he desperately needs a good doctor to diagnose and treat his condition. Anna's father, Viktor Ipalyevich Tsazukhin, is a cantankerous but good-hearted individual who was a celebrated poet at one time. He now leads a fairly secluded life, and misses the acclaim of bygone days. Adding to her worries, Anna's marriage is falling apart; whatever passion she and her husband once shared is gone.
Everything changes when Anna meets the Deputy Minister for Research Planning, Alexey Maximovich Bulyagkov. Although he is married, somewhat portly, and much older than she is, Alexey finds Anna appealing and arranges to meet with her surreptitiously. Their relationship complicates Anna's life tremendously. Although she is not dishonest by nature, she is willing to live a double life in order to procure better medical care for Petya and a higher standard of living for her family. Her desires are not unreasonable: "a good education for her son, her own apartment, and perhaps, eventually, a car.Read more ›
Please - hurry up, and translate more of Wallner's novels. Or I'll have to learn how to read German!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did not enjoy this book but could appreciate the author's craft in creating the ponderous atmosphere of living in Cold War era Soviet Union. Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by Cranberry
Maybe it was because the novel was not originally written in English, or maybe because the spy tales were realistically mundane, or maybe I just didn't get it but any way I looked... Read morePublished on June 5, 2011 by Book Sake
Anna, a house painter, lives with her ill son and her former poet, now alcoholic father barely making ends meet since her husband is mostly absent... Read more