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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
  

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

Part of the Penguin Essentials Series
Literary Fiction   Historical Fiction   
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Synopsis

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

'Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blonde Ukranian divorcee. He was eighty-four and she was thirty-six. She exploded into our lives like a fluffy pink grenade, churning up the murky water, bringing to the surface sludge of sloughed-off memories, giving the family ghosts a kick up the backside.'

When their recently-widowed father announces he plans to remarry, sisters Vera and Nadezhda realise they must put aside a lifetime of feuding in order to save him. His new love is a voluptuous gold-digger from the Ukraine half his age, with a proclivity for green satin underwear and boil-in-the-bag cuisine, who stops at nothing in her single-minded pursuit of the luxurious Western lifestyle she dreams of. But the old man, too, is pursuing his eccentric dreams – and writing a history of tractors in Ukrainian.

A wise, tender and deeply funny novel about families, the healing of old wounds, the trials and consolations of old age and – really - about the legacy of Europe’s history over the last fifty years.

Reviews

It's rare to find a first novel that gets so much right . . . Lewycka is a seriously talented comic writer * Time Out * More than just a jolly romp with political undertones is the way it captures the peculiar flavour of Eastern European immigrant life . . . a very rich mixture indeed, as well as very enjoyable reading * Daily Express * Funny, gritty, original ... one I adore * Independent * Remarkable, a lovely novel * Sunday Telegraph * An extraordinary read . . . nothing short of amazing. A rare treat, all too easy to gulp down in one greedy sitting * Spectator * Outstanding * Literary Review * Extremely funny * The Times * Intelligent, lively, well written and compassionate * Financial Times * Ploughs a rich comic furrow * Daily Telegraph * A clever, touching story * Economist * Mad and hilarious * Grazia * Hilarious * The Times * A delightful first novel . . . an understanding of history, a profundity, and yet a lightness of touch, that are a joy... funny and touching * The Daily Mail * Hugely enjoyable . . . yields a golden harvest of family truths * The Times * Memorably inventive, unexpectedly moving * Daily Telegraph * Wit, humour, sparkling dialogue, vivid characterization and generous spirit. Food for thought and a great read * Daily Mail * Enthralling * Sunday Times * Thought-provoking, uproariously funny, a comic feast. A riotous oil painting of senility, lust and greed * TLS * More than just a jolly romp with political undertones is the way it captures the peculiar flavour of Eastern European immigrant life . . . a very rich mixture indeed, as well as very enjoyable reading * The Times * A delightful first novel . . . an understanding of history, a profundity, and yet a lightness of touch, that are a joy . . . funny, touching and completely convincing * The Spectator *


About the Author

Marina Lewycka

Marina Lewycka was born in Kiel, Germany, after the war, grew up in England and lives in Sheffield. Her first novel, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, longlisted for the Man Booker and won the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction and the Waverton Good Read Award. Her second novel, Two Caravans, was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Two Caravans and Marina's third novel, We Are All Made of Glue, are all available in Penguin.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st March 2012

Author

Marina Lewycka

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Author's Website

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780241961827

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