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Affinity Konar - Author

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Affinity Konar was raised in California. She is a graduate of Columbia University's MFA program.

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Author: Affinity Konar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

It's 1944 when the twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood. As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele's Zoo, the girls experience privileges and horrors unknown to others, and they find themselves changed, stripped of the personalities they once shared, their identities altered by the burdens of guilt and pain. That winter, at a concert orchestrated by Mengele, Pearl disappears. Stasha grieves for her twin, but clings to the possibility that Pearl remains alive. When the camp is liberated by the Red Army, she and her companion Feliks - a boy bent on vengeance for his own lost twin - travel through Poland's devastation. Undeterred by injury, starvation, or the chaos around them, motivated by equal parts danger and hope, they encounter hostile villagers, Jewish resistance fighters, and fellow refugees, their quest enabled by the notion that Mengele may be captured and brought to justice within the ruins of the Warsaw Zoo. As the young survivors discover what has become of the world, they must try to imagine a future within it.



Author: Affinity Konar Format: eBook Release Date: 20/02/2017

Vpervye na russkom - odin iz samyh yarkih romanov 2016 goda, "e;Kniga goda po versii New York Times. Po istoricheskomu razmahu i lirichnosti "e;CHuzhekrovku sravnivali s romanom EHntoni Dorra "e;Ves' nevidimyj nam svet, a po psihologicheskoj napryazhennosti - s "e;Komnatoj EHmmy Donoh'yu. Itak, poznakom'tes' s sestrami-bliznecami Perl' i Stasej. Perl' Zamorska otvechaet za grustnoe, horoshee, proshloe. Stasya Zamorska dolzhna vzyat' na sebya smeshnoe, plohoe, budushchee. Osen'yu 1944 goda sestry vmeste s mater'yu i dedom popadayut v Osvencim. V adu konclagerya dvenadcatiletnie devochki nahodyat spasenie v tajnom yazyke i sekretnyh igrah, v udivitel'nom zapase vnutrennih sil. Stav podopytnymi doktora Mengele v lagernom bloke, imenuemom "e;Zverinec, oni poluchayut opredelennye privilegii, no ispytyvayut nevedomye drugim uzhasy. Dazhe samaya zhestokaya ruka sud'by okazyvaetsya bessil'na razluchit' bliznecov...

The Illustrated Version of Things

The Illustrated Version of Things

Author: Affinity Konar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2009

The Illustrated Version of Things is the tale of a young woman, raised in foster homes, juvenile halls, and a mental hospital, on a quest to reunite her disparate family and track down her missing mother. There are her grandparents, Holocaust survivors who reckon with history by staying in bed with their cowboy boots on; her father, a nurse who makes vitamins as a hobby; and her half-brother, an over-achiever who doesn't know whether his name is Moses or Miguel, but is certain that his sister isn't capable of leading a steady life.More than these, she longs for her mother, and she embarks on a search that leads her into the company of pedophiles, vagrant gamblers, fortune tellers, and musical ghosts. Enchantment and conjured memories become her only hope for finding her mother, until she undertakes a last-chance gambit - voluntary incarceration in the jail that might hold her mother - that will either set her free or follow her for life. Konar's characters, incredible, tragic, and sympathetic, keep us in a state of deranged rapture, making The Illustrated Version of Things an original and irresistible fiction debut.

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