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Deftly translated, odd beyond description, Laurus, winner of the Russian Booker serves as a portal into another time and place: medieval Rus. Vodolazkin, an accomplished but heretofore rather straight-and-narrow medieval scholar, mines the tradition of iurodstvo, or “holy foolery” in Russian religious life to produce a brilliantly inventive hagiographical pastiche; a disorienting but informed depiction of a time and a Christianity utterly, fascinatingly, foreign to the more scholastic, juridical Western tradition.

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ISBN: 9781780748719
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Published: ONEWorld Publications - August 9th, 2016

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Far from a self-help manual, this memoir by a witty novelist grapples with a personal tragedy, which is, like all tragedies, unrepeatable and heart wringing in its particularities. She tells the wrenching story of her first pregnancy set against the backdrop of emigre life in rural France, which ended in her child’s full term stillbirth. Rather than clobbering you over the head with sadness, her story - intricately structured, insightfully specific - keeps you curious and instructs in compassion. You'll surely cry, but then you'll know just how to cry with the people around you when their own stories turn sad - or when your own does. 

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ISBN: 9780316027663
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 22nd, 2010

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The foodways of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan are a satisfying amalgam of Persian and Turkish influence with original marks of independent mountain-top cultures, in the archaeological homeland of vine. Perhaps you've heard of kachapuri, Georgia's famous calorie-bomb of bread and cheese? The cuisine in full is a whole lot healthier; a Paleo-ish mix of herbs by the fistful, ground nuts, grilled meats, dried fruits, and the most exciting vegetable preparations I know. Hercules is a London-based chef with Armenian and Ukrainian roots. Her in situ photographs,  nostalgia, and enigmatic interpretations of classics make for an ideal introduction for Western kitchens.

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ISBN: 9781681883038
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Published: Weldon Owen - October 24th, 2017