• Passport To Yesterday
A moving and ambitious novel, this story concerns an exiled Soviet musician who finds himself back in his homeland and drawn to his hometown—and the secret of his father’s disappearance during World War II. Gifted young violinist Oleg Nemets' rural life is overturned in the storm of the Second World War and the repressive regime that succeeds it. Blown far away from his home and a father who never returned from the front, Oleg lands in San Francisco as a violinist in the symphony orchestra. But years later, when the orchestra tours the Soviet Union, a series of events and clues from his past lead him back to his old town, the story of his father's disappearance and the Russia he left behind.
"Deals with the absurdity of Russian life from which the only escapes are emigration and death … Ferocious honesty" – World Literature Today
"The translator, Thomas Moore, has shortened the Russian title from "Visa "to" The Day Before Yesterday," and this is not our only debt of gratitude to him: he has done a good job of conveying Druzhnikov s deceptively simple prose with its ironies and hints of unstated emotion." – Financial Times
"These characters are more than alive. They are our relatives, members of our family, neighbours. It s a strange, unusual, mysterious impression." – Heinrich Boll
"Slender, delicate and written in a voice that manages to combine plainness and poetry, horror and humour, in a quite extraordinary way." – Literary Review

YURI DRUZHNIKOV (1933—2008) was the author of a number of works of fiction and non-fiction. Blacklisted until the collapse of the Soviet Union, the first edition of this novel sold a quarter of a million copies and was deemed one of the ten best Russian novels of the century at the 1999 Warsaw Conference. In 2001 the author was put forward by Poland for the Nobel Prize. He emigrated to the USA in 1987 and was a lecturer at the University of California at Davis.
Bibliographic Data
Date Published 21st April 2004
ISBN Number 9780720612189
Pages 170

Passport To Yesterday

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