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Author
A.D. Miller.
Publisher Doubleday  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.3 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780385533447
Pages/Publication Date 262/2011
Daedalus Item Code 32590
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(2011 Man Booker Prize Finalist) Nick Platt is a British lawyer working in Moscow at the turn of the 20th century, in this remarkable debut novel from Economist editor A.D. Miller. The Russian capital has become a place where the gush of oil money, the grip of the government, the jostling of the oligarchs, and the loosening of Soviet-era social mores have made corruption, decadence, violence, and betrayal part of everyday life. But Nick too has been seduced, by a sexy damsel in distress, so he doesn't ask too many questions about the shady deals she leads him into, while they enjoy the exotic, surreal, sinful nightlife of the morally bankrupt city.

"The wonderfully evoked corrupt atmosphere of modern Moscow, a dangerous mix of extreme poverty and decadent wealth, of simple old-fashioned values and unrestrained debauchery reads like Graham Greene on steroids.... Tightly written, with fascinating insider detail gained in three years as The Economist magazine's Moscow correspondent, Miller's complex, gripping debut novel is undoubtedly the real thing."Daily Mail (London)

"Written as a man's confession to the woman he's going to marry, Miller's masterful debut chronicles British lawyer Nicholas Platt's dubious dealings in Moscow at the turn of the twenty-first century. Nick's descent begins with what seems to be an innocuous meeting with two beautiful Russian sisters, Masha and Katya, whom he saves from a purse-snatcher. He's immediately drawn to the sensual, remote Masha, who soon becomes his lover. Nick doesn't think anything of it when Masha and Katya take him to meet their Aunt Tatiana, and Masha's request that he help Tatiana broker a deal to exchange her Moscow apartment for one out in the country seems simple enough. As Nick, guided by Masha, helps Tatiana hammer out the details of the apartment exchange, little inconsistencies nag at him, but his lust for Masha and thought that she might be the one for him cause him to push aside his worries. A mesmerizing tale of a man seduced by a culture he fancies himself above, Miller's novel is both a nuanced character study and a fascinating look at the complexities of Russian society."Booklist (starred review)

 
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