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Title
Apostoloff
Author
Sibylle Lewitscharoff
format
Hardback
Publisher
Seagull Books
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20131126

"Gone, finito, The End, I say. A father who puts an end to it all before he wears down the whole family deserves more praise than damnation."
Two
sisters travel to Sofia-in a convoy of luxury limousines arranged by a
fellow Bulgarian exile-to bury their less-than-beloved father. Like
tourists, they are chauffeured by the ever-charming Ruben Apostoloff-one
sister in the back seat, one in the passenger seat, one sharp-tongued
and aggressive, the other polite and considerate. In a caustic voice,
Apostoloff shows them the treasures of his beloved country: the
peacock-eye pottery (which contains poisonous dye), the Black Sea coast
(which is utterly destroyed), the architecture (a twentieth-century
crime). His attempts to win them over seem doomed to fail, as the
sisters' Bulgarian heritage is a heavy burden-their father, a successful
doctor and melancholy immigrant, appears in their dreams still dragging
the rope with which he hanged himself.
An account of a daughter's bitterly funny reckoning with her father and his country, laden with linguistic wit and black humor, Apostoloff will introduce the unique voice of Sibylle Lewitscharoff to a new and eager audience.

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Sibylle Lewitscharoff has written essays and radio plays, and is the author of five novels, most recently Consummatus. Katy Derbyshire has translated many German writers, including Inka Parei's The Shadow-Boxing Woman, published by Seagull Books.

"For she explores these very serious, very complex themes in a wry, often caustic, and irresistibly funny voice-translated into hilarious English by the great Katy Derbyshire. The humour is surely covering great pain."

The Riveter

Type
BOOK
Edition
Hardback original
Keyword Index
Sofia (Bulgaria) - Fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
288

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