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The unpossessed city. by Jon Fasman
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The unpossessed city. (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Jon Fasman

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Fleeing America and his gambling debts, Jim Vilatzer uses the Russian language skills he learned from his emigre grandparents to land a job in Moscow interviewing Gulag survivors, work that brings him into the rich lives of his new neighbors and catches the suspicious attentions of Russia's Interior Ministry and the CIA.… (more)
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Title:The unpossessed city.
Authors:Jon Fasman
Info:New York, The Penguin Press, (2008), Paperback
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The Unpossessed City: A Novel by Jon Fasman (2008)

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The titular city, Moscow, is the star here. somewhat sentimentalized, but not cloyingly so. We might think of this as Motherless Moscow with an author far more loyal to the tropes of his genre. Here it's The Wrong Man sort of thriller. A lot here seems rather paint-by-numbers, but there's definitely some high points as well. ( )
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Arriving at each new city, the traveller finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places. (Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities)
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For my mother and father
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When the hospital door behind him clanged shut, and the gate to Wing 3 slowly began to creak open, Yegor Semyonovich Glazov wondered how high he could count.
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Fleeing America and his gambling debts, Jim Vilatzer uses the Russian language skills he learned from his emigre grandparents to land a job in Moscow interviewing Gulag survivors, work that brings him into the rich lives of his new neighbors and catches the suspicious attentions of Russia's Interior Ministry and the CIA.

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