The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia

The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia

Type: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.7" X 4.2"
ISBN: 9781607012290
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
Price: $6.99

[Note: This is the mass market paperback edition. The original (2007) trade paperback is now out of print.]

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 faery-tale 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.

“The prose and the atmosphere is beautiful and decaying, and everything’s grey with astonishing little bursts of unforgettable colour… Deep, dark, remarkable stuff.”—Neil Gaiman

“Modern blue-collar Moscow is pitch-perfect . . . bustling yet seedy, disorganized and none too respectable.” —Publishers Weekly

“THE SECRET HISTORY OF MOSCOW is a truly remarkable performance, written in a consistently graceful and focused prose, and it succeeds both as a coherent fantasy novel and a meditation on the anxieties of history.—” Locus

“Sedia’s beautifully nuanced prose delivers both a uniquely enchanting fantasy and a thoughtful allegory that probes the Russian national psyche.”—Booklist

“Flavorsome fantasy set in the hidden underworld of newly capitalist Russia, from an ex-Muscovite and current New Jersey resident . . . great character sketches and plenty of magic-realist incidents, all set forth in charmingly Russian-accented prose.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Ekaterina Sedia’s THE SECRET HISTORY OF MOSCOW really feels like a secret: an alternative world a half-dimension removed from ours, a place woven out of whisper and shadow, populated with forgotten creatures and even less-remembered thoughts. It’s a satisfying quest novel not only because of the story line but also for the way the Escher-ready landscape reflects the fragile psychology of Sedia’s main character, Galina.” —LA Times

“Sedia’s novel is emblematic of much that is good about contemporary fantasy. It unites a classy prose style evolved through a string of small press publications with first-hand experience of a 90s Moscow crippled by post-Soviet economic decline. The story is infused with the tropes and traditions of fantasy, but set amid the grim reality of that decade’s turbulent politics. Sedia’s writing is a perfect example of the unique ways fantasy allows writers to examine reality.” —Guardian Unlimited

“A very practical book with a marvelous sense of wonder… A highlight of the year.” —Realms of Fantasy

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isbn: 9781607012290
booktype: Mass Market Paperback
pagecount: 320
pubdate: 2010-08-31
size: 6.7" X 4.2"