The Tsar of Love and Techno


Publisher: Vintage Canada
From the author of National Book Award longlist selection and New York Times bestseller A Constellation of Vital Phenomena come these dazzling, poignant and lyrical interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war and the redemptive power of art.

This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking. A 1930s Soviet censor painstakingly corrects offending photographs, deep underneath Leningrad, bewitched by the image of a disgraced prima ballerina. A chorus of women recount their stories and those of their grandmothers, former gulag prisoners who settled their Siberian mining town. Two pairs of brothers share a fierce, protective love. Young men across the former USSR face violence at home and in the military. And great sacrifices are made in the name of an oil landscape unremarkable except for the almost incomprehensibly peaceful past it depicts. In stunning prose, with rich character portraits and a sense of history reverberating into the present, The Tsar of Love and Techno is a captivating work from one of our greatest new talents.


Praise for The Tsar of Love and Techno:
"A powerful and melancholy vision of a nation with long memories and relentless turmoil." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Praise for A Constellation of Vital Phenomena:
Winner of the NBCC John Leonard Prize and the ABA Indies Choice Award for Book of the Year--Adult Debut | Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award and the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize | Longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the National Book Award
"Approaches something like the gauzy beauty of Ondaatje's prose." Maclean's
"Extraordinary...A 21st-century War and Peace." New York Times Book Review
" of the most accomplished and affecting books I've read in a very long time." Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings, for NPR
"Haunting in its depiction of what people will do to each other, as well as how far they will go to help each other." Chatelaine