Madonna from Russia

2.33 avg rating
( 3 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780720612554: Madonna from Russia

The picaresque story of 96-year-old Lily Bourbon, who marries her way from prostitute to Poet Laureate in the USSR and finds a new life in the U.S.

Lily was a beautiful young prostitute recruited by the Bolsheviks to service the Communist elite. As a result of a fortuitous marriage to Andrei Bourbon, famous poet, futurist and artistic associate of Malevich and Mayakovsky, her own verse is delivered to the official Communist newspapers, together with an entirely invented revolutionary biography. Before long, she is made poet laureate and feted as an idealized symbol of the Soviet era, while Andrei, after being incarcerated in a mental hospital by Lily, disappears in the purges. After the collapse of several marriages—and the Soviet Union—she leaves Russia for the United States. This is where we meet her, still striking-looking and engaged to a naive American, starting out again at the age of ninety-six. Following further bizarre and picaresque adventures, she reaches for her greatest honour yet—to be "Queen Lily the First" of the newly created island state of Grande Bravo.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Yuri Druzhnikov is a professor at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of a number of works of fiction and non-fiction and he was nominated by Poland for the Nobel prize.

Review:

"Continuing the literary traditions of such prolific Russian authors as Mikhail Bulgakov and Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, Druzhnikov's sublime work mirrors Soviet corruption in its engaging prose. . . . Satire shrouded within an unbelievable narrative and this allegorical novel is a transcendent allegorical epic."  —Big Issue

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 24.95
US$ 17.84

Convert Currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Iurii Druzhnikov
Published by Peter Owen Publishers, United Kingdom (2006)
ISBN 10: 0720612551 ISBN 13: 9780720612554
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Peter Owen Publishers, United Kingdom, 2006. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Newly arrived from the provinces, the young Lily becomes a prostitute working the streets of Petrograd. Soon she is recruited by the Bolsheviks to a higher category of working woman to service the Communist elite. At the age of twenty-three she makes a fortuitous marriage to Andrei Bourbon, poet, Futurist and artistic colleague of Malevich, Mayakovsky, Burliuk and others. One day Bourbon takes some of Lily s poems to the official children s newspaper Pionerskaya Pravda. With the aid of an airbrushed and suitably revolutionary biography, her poems are immediately published as children s books. Andrei Bourbon disappears in the purges and Lily becomes poet laureate and an ideal symbol of the Soviet era. After further marriages and the eventual collapse of the dictatorship, Lily manages to escape Russia for the USA where she marries a naive American communist to start all over again.A contemporary picaresque novel, Madonna from Russia is fiction with Druzhnikov s unique combination of satire, humour and documentary twist. Now in its third Russian edition, the book was nominated for the Russian National Bestseller prize in 2002. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780720612554

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.84
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Yuri Druzhnikov
Published by Peter Owen Ltd (2005)
ISBN 10: 0720612551 ISBN 13: 9780720612554
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
The Monster Bookshop
(Fleckney, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Peter Owen Ltd, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. BRAND NEW ** SUPER FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WAREHOUSE ** 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000736266

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.21
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.67
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Iurii Druzhnikov
Published by Peter Owen Publishers, United Kingdom (2006)
ISBN 10: 0720612551 ISBN 13: 9780720612554
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Peter Owen Publishers, United Kingdom, 2006. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Newly arrived from the provinces, the young Lily becomes a prostitute working the streets of Petrograd. Soon she is recruited by the Bolsheviks to a higher category of working woman to service the Communist elite. At the age of twenty-three she makes a fortuitous marriage to Andrei Bourbon, poet, Futurist and artistic colleague of Malevich, Mayakovsky, Burliuk and others. One day Bourbon takes some of Lily s poems to the official children s newspaper Pionerskaya Pravda. With the aid of an airbrushed and suitably revolutionary biography, her poems are immediately published as children s books. Andrei Bourbon disappears in the purges and Lily becomes poet laureate and an ideal symbol of the Soviet era. After further marriages and the eventual collapse of the dictatorship, Lily manages to escape Russia for the USA where she marries a naive American communist to start all over again.A contemporary picaresque novel, Madonna from Russia is fiction with Druzhnikov s unique combination of satire, humour and documentary twist. Now in its third Russian edition, the book was nominated for the Russian National Bestseller prize in 2002. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780720612554

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.33
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Yuri Druzhnikov
Published by Peter Owen Ltd 2005-06-30 (2005)
ISBN 10: 0720612551 ISBN 13: 9780720612554
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Peter Owen Ltd 2005-06-30, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # NU-GRD-04777892

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.55
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.01
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Druzhnikov, Yuri
Published by Peter Owen Publishers
ISBN 10: 0720612551 ISBN 13: 9780720612554
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Peter Owen Publishers. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0720612551 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # NATARAJB1FI898318

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.73
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Druzhnikov, Iurii
Published by Peter Owen Publishers
ISBN 10: 0720612551 ISBN 13: 9780720612554
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Peter Owen Publishers. Book Condition: New. Translator(s): Moore, Thomas. Num Pages: 220 pages. BIC Classification: FA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 222 x 148 x 21. Weight in Grams: 426. . 2006. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780720612554

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 21.32
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Druzhnikov, Iurii
Published by Peter Owen Publishers (2006)
ISBN 10: 0720612551 ISBN 13: 9780720612554
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 3
Rating
[?]

Book Description Peter Owen Publishers, 2006. Book Condition: New. Translator(s): Moore, Thomas. Num Pages: 220 pages. BIC Classification: FA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 222 x 148 x 21. Weight in Grams: 426. . 2006. Hardcover. . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780720612554

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 21.42
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Yuri Druzhnikov
Published by Peter Owen Ltd
ISBN 10: 0720612551 ISBN 13: 9780720612554
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Peter Owen Ltd. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Bookseller Inventory # B9780720612554

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.52
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.31
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Iurii Druzhnikov
Published by Peter Owen Publishers (2005)
ISBN 10: 0720612551 ISBN 13: 9780720612554
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Peter Owen Publishers, 2005. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # GH9780720612554

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 19.72
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.54
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Yuri Druzhnikov
Published by Peter Owen Publishers 2005-06-30, London (2005)
ISBN 10: 0720612551 ISBN 13: 9780720612554
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Peter Owen Publishers 2005-06-30, London, 2005. hardback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780720612554

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.98
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.05
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book