Chernobyl Strawberries

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9781843544142: Chernobyl Strawberries

Although purportedly an account of episodes from the life of an ordinary person, Chernobyl Strawberries traffics in the births and deaths of whole worlds in a way that lingers in the mind long after the final page. Vesna Goldsworthy's written words are like pebbles in a cool, clear, fast flowing stream. This remarkable memoir marks the emergence of a real literary talent: 'I have tasted Chernobyl strawberries. Every spring, winds from the Ukraine bring rain to the fruit nurseries in the hills south-west of Belgrade. In the city, the trees and cobblestones glisten. The scent of glowing berries - the colour of fresh wounds and as warm as live blood - spills through the streets around the market square. The fragrance lingers in the rusty tramway cars winding their way around the old sugar factory and the promise of summer overpowers for a while the familiar smells of sweat, tobacco, machine oil and polished wood.'

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VESNA GOLDSWORTHY left Yugoslavia in 1986 to marry an Englishman she had met at the Karl Marx Institute in Bulgaria two years earlier. Since arriving in England she has worked in publishing and for the BBC World Service. Her first book, Inventing Ruritania, a study of the 'Wild East' of Europe in literature and film was published to broad critical acclaim. She is currently Senior Lecturer in English at Kingston University and is Director of Kingston's Centre for Suburban Studies, which she founded in 2004. She lives in West Londonwith her husband and young son. Chernobyl Strawberries was published by Atlantic in 2005.

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'Exceptional. If there has been a more honest, calm and profoundly moving memoir written in the last few years, then I've missed it.'--Times Literary Supplement 'Funny, painful, and brilliant - Fantastically well written - I hope that it will soon take its place among the Lolitas of Tehran and the Booksellers of Kabul' Tim Judah, Observer 'Exceptional. If there has been a more honest, calm and profoundly moving memoir written in the last few years, then I've missed it' Andrew Taylor, TLS 'Three qualities make Vesna Goldsworthy's memoir stand apart - her honesty, he skill as a writer and the fascinating circumstances of her life. Her ability to find unexpected, subtle connections in the pattern of her own life elevates this absorbing memoir into something extraordinary' Josh Lacey, Guardian 'Engrossing - the work of a fiercely honest and cultivated intelligence' Paul Bailey, Sunday Times

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