Back to Moscow

Back to Moscow

Book - 2016
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Traveling to Moscow at the turn of the millennium to explore the country of his favorite literary masters, Martin encounters the grimmest vestiges of Soviet life alongside the nonstop hedonism of the newly wealthy, a dynamic that shapes his existential exploration of the city's nightlife scene.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780865478374
0865478376
Branch Call Number: FIC ERADES, GUILLERMO
Characteristics: 371 pages ; 22 cm

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LucasHill
Aug 20, 2017

"...I was wondering who, among men, is not superfluous."

Many men, looking back at the events of their misspent youth, shudder with disgust. Such will be the case with Martin, the central character in this story. Martin is lazy, a womanizer, a user, and a fraud. Hosts of stories are told about how these young men repent from those impulses, but Erades does it with considerable skill. I will be looking at this author for more.

A central character here is the city of Moscow. I imagine that many people who read this will want to travel there, even though Russia is not amenable to Americans right now.

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mvanzuylen13
Aug 29, 2016

I liked this book. I checked it out because I needed a good book for a long flight. This book instantly interesting and kept my interest. I think the main character is a "superfluous man" as in the Russian literature he reads, and the stories are really about these women he becomes involved with and his relationship with them. I can't say I loved the ending, in fact, it seemed too rushed as if the author just needed to get out of the story. I also thought the ending was the least interesting part of the story. Yet I would still recommend reading it, as the other parts of the book stand alone in good writing, and some thought provoking situations and comparisons to Russian Literature.

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