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Monsieur Ka

by Vesna Goldsworthy

ISBN: 9781784704520
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'A beautiful haunting novel... looking at a familiar London through a frosty, snowy lens. Albertine, the wife of a British army officer often abroad on covert government business, finds herself increasingly lonely. Eager to distract herself with work, she takes a job as companion to the mysterious 'Monsieur Ka', a Russian emigre.
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ISBN: 9781784704520
ANNOTATION:
'A beautiful haunting novel... looking at a familiar London through a frosty, snowy lens. Albertine, the wife of a British army officer often abroad on covert government business, finds herself increasingly lonely. Eager to distract herself with work, she takes a job as companion to the mysterious 'Monsieur Ka', a Russian emigre.

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'A beautiful haunting novel... looking at a familiar London through a frosty, snowy lens. Albertine, the wife of a British army officer often abroad on covert government business, finds herself increasingly lonely. Eager to distract herself with work, she takes a job as companion to the mysterious 'Monsieur Ka', a Russian emigre.

Publisher Description

'A beautiful haunting novel... looking at a familiar London through a frosty, snowy lens. Wonderful' Caryl Phillips

The London winter of 1947 is as cold as St Petersburg during the Revolution. Albertine, the wife of a British army officer often abroad on covert government business, finds herself increasingly lonely. Eager to distract herself with work, she takes a job as companion to the mysterious 'Monsieur Ka', a Russian emigre. As she is drawn into Ka's dramatic past, her own life is shaken to its foundations. For in this family of former princes, there are present temptations which could profoundly affect her future.

Author Biography

Vesna Goldsworthy was born in Belgrade in 1961 and has lived in London since 1986. She writes in English, her third language. Her books include an internationally bestselling memoir, Chernobyl Strawberries, and a novel, Gorsky. A former BBC World Service journalist, she is currently professor in creative writing at the University of Exeter and at UEA.

Review

A beautiful haunting novel... looking at a familiar London through a frosty, snowy lens. Wonderful -- Caryl Phillips In this subtle, intelligent novel, Albertine's narration of events in 1947, as her own story begins to carry reminders of Tolstoy's, proves poignant and effective -- Nick Rennison The Sunday Times In all three of her books, Goldsworthy has displayed a gift for creating atmosphere ... One of Goldsworthy's strengths is the sensitivity with which she portrays the many marriages in the book ... Much of the pleasure of reading this remarkable novel comes from its passionate dedication to the power of stories. -- Lara Feigel The Guardian It often takes an emigre to describe a country most clearly, and Goldsworthy, who was born in Belgrade but has lived in London for 30 years, is proving a most accomplished poet of her adopted city ... A delight -- Claire Allfree Daily Mail Goldsworthy is an elegant writer, skilful at building atmosphere. Her fiction-within-fiction device is clever and intriguing ... the novel could hardly seem more of the moment -- Rose Wild The Times

Review Text

"Goldsworthy is an elegant writer, skilful at building atmosphere. Her fiction-within-fiction device is clever and intriguing ... the novel could hardly seem more of the moment "

Promotional "Headline"

An entrancing portrait of love in exile, with a twist.

Product Details

Author
Vesna Goldsworthy
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Year
2019
ISBN-10
1784704520
ISBN-13
9781784704520
Publication Date
2019-02-21
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Pages
288
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade