A literary triumph about Russia, family, love, and loyalty--the first novel in ten years from a founding editor of n+1 and author of All the Sad Young Literary MenWhen Andrei Kaplan's older brother Dima insists that Andrei return to Moscow to care for their ailing grandmother, Andrei must take stock of his life in New York. His girlfriend has stopped returning his text messages. His dissertation adviser is dubious about his job prospects. It's the summer of 2008, and his bank account is running dangerously low. Perhaps a few months in Moscow are just what he needs. So Andrei sublets his room in Brooklyn, packs up his hockey stuff, and moves into the apartment that Stalin himself had given his grandmother, a woman who has outlived her husband and most of her friends. She survived the dark days of communism and witnessed Russia's violent capitalist transformation, during which she lost her beloved dacha. She welcomes Andrei into her home, even if she can't always remember who he is.Andre...
|Title||:||A Terrible Country|
|Number of Pages||:||338 pages|
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A Terrible Country Reviews
I loved this book! It’s been nearly a week since I finished and I miss it still and wish there was more. It is a novel but it reads like a memoir. It starts off with Andrei coming back to Moscow to take care of his grandmother while his older brother is out of the country. Andrei was born in Russia but immigrated to the US when he was a child and has been living there for the past twenty years of so. The story takes place in 2008 and I feel like I really got to know Putin’s Russia along with And ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book. What I enjoyed: learning a bit about Russian culture and physical environments, and the political history and social ramifications of those changing theologies and practices. I eventually enjoyed the growing attachment between Andrei and his grandmother, which became more tender and real as they spent time together. The eventual decisions that were made captured the often agonizing choices between bad and worse, although this was shown without a great deal ...more
3.5 stars. In A Terrible Country, the main character, Andrei Kaplan, like the author is Russian born and from a young age was raised in America. The year is 2008 and 33 year old Andrei is called back to Russia by his older brother, Dima, to look after their 88 year old grandmother who lives in a "Stalin" apartment in the heart of Moscow, while Dima is away in London on business for an indeterminable time period. Andrei, a recent Russian Literature Ph.D. graduate with no solid job prospects and a ...more
Smart, funny, page-turning--a deeply enjoyable read.
Eh, it was ok. I enjoyed it while reading it, but the main character is definitely a "White Male Fuck-up," and his moments of epiphany don't add up to much redemption. I loved the grandma character, and the book says something about the state of political upheaval and government in the US today, but I didn't love it. It was a pretty long way to go for the ending that was unsatisfactory. Still, it kept me reading.
Magnificent. A truly moving and funny and beautiful novel about that time in America where it was possible to connect to Wi-fi but also possible to not have a cell phone. Except this book is about an American living in Putin's Russia just as the American economy explodes in 2008. I finished it too quickly and now wish he'd published the much-longer draft.
Andrei’s life in New York is not what you would call successful. His girlfriend has just dumped him, he barely earns enough to survive from his online teaching job and his dissertation adviser seems to have no confidence in his future job prospects at all. So when his brother Dima calls and asks him to travel back to Russia, where he was born before emigrating to America when he was six, and look after their elderly grandmother, the decision almost seems to be made before the question is asked. ...more