Ararat

Ararat First of a series of novels about Soviet Russia The theme of improvisation which I introduce here reflected my own sense still that in writing a novel I was on a high wire and ready to fall off s

  • Title: Ararat
  • Author: D.M. Thomas
  • ISBN: 9780671474355
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Paperback
  • First of a series of novels about Soviet Russia The theme of improvisation, which I introduce here, reflected my own sense, still, that in writing a novel I was on a high wire and ready to fall off, since I didn t consider myself a traditional novelist, and still don t.The TLS asked me to review an Anthology of Armenian Poetry, edited by Diana der Hovanessian I fell in lFirst of a series of novels about Soviet Russia The theme of improvisation, which I introduce here, reflected my own sense, still, that in writing a novel I was on a high wire and ready to fall off, since I didn t consider myself a traditional novelist, and still don t.The TLS asked me to review an Anthology of Armenian Poetry, edited by Diana der Hovanessian I fell in love with the poetry, and was moved by the tragic history of Armenia This was one starting point for this novel the other was Pushkin s It sails Where shall we sail The last line of his poem Autumn.

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    About " D.M. Thomas "

  • D.M. Thomas

    D.M Thomas was born in Cornwall in 1935 After reading English at New College, Oxford, he became a teacher and was Head of the English Department at Hereford College of Education until he became a full time writer His first novel The Flute Player won the Gollancz Pan Picador Fantasy Competition He is also known for his collections of verse and his translation from the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova.He was awarded the Los Angeles Fiction prize for his novel The White Hotel, an international bestseller, translated into 30 languages a Cholmondeley award for poetry and the Orwell Prize for his biography of Alexander Solzhenitsyn He lives in his native Cornwall, England.

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  • This book is not just a book. It is physical proof that I have a compulsive book buying problem. I bought this a few years ago based solely on the title and I did not even pause, stop or blink before I shelled out the small £2 asking price nor did I bother to read the back cover to see what the book was actually about. And there lies the rub.What was I expecting?A travel narrative or travel history of an area (Armenia and NE Turkey) with which I am familiar and would like to have spent more tim [...]


  • The fourth novel from sex-obsessed Russophile DM Thomas is a curious frame tale (and frame tale within frame tale) concerning a repugnant Russian writer and his antics on a sea liner who is working on his own version of Pushkin’s Egyptian Nights (included as the centrepiece of the book). The story commences with Rozanov, another repugnant Russian writer who, at the request of his blind lay, improvises a tale about a sickly writer who meets various curious characters such as an ex-Nazi butcher [...]


  • A matroshka of a story that floats through time and space, "Ararat" is the first book in a series by DM Thomas (of which I read the fourth book, the political satire "Summit," many years ago). It has all the hallmarks of a D M Thomas novel - his fascination with the psychology of cruelty and the hysteresis of relationships - but at is heart is an homage to a century and a half of Russian literature.









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