Genres: Adult-Fiction, Cultural, Short Stories, Historical, Russian Literature
e-ARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss
REVIEW I had been looking forward to reading this collection for a long time. I can certainly say that I will be adding this to my favorites shelf, and will read it again. I’ve always thought to myself that there’s a fine line between fact and fiction. In reality, it’s not. To create imagery with stories such as these, answers the questions that few people seem to understand. There is always truth in fiction. It’s up to the reader to grasp that truth, and then make the effort to connect with the characters. Only then will you enjoy what you are reading.
The Tsar of Love and Techno is a collection of stories, that are woven together to make one story that spans almost seven decades. Even after reading the first story, I was so lost inside this book that I completely lost track of time and was late for work. This is about sacrifices, hardships, censorship, and most importantly – love. 1937 Russia was all about repression and censorship. What I love about this collection is the way Marra whips up the stories to let the reader discern the subtle liberalism that arcs through time. The stories are raw and thick, and will leave you with a sense of awareness.
One thing I know about character makeup – you can’t judge one by first impression. When one appears to be terrible, you soon learn otherwise as you read on. The painting that connects the dots makes it all clear in the end. I just wish there were more stories to read! I didn’t want it to end, and if this is the way that Marra constructs all of his work, I can’t wait to read more. I really love this book, and of you are a fan of short stories – or anything to do with Russian history – then you will not put this book down. The writing is amazing and the characters emotions jump out at you. I highly recommend this book!