Anthony Marra reading

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 08:00 p.m.

Mary Ellen von der Heyden Reading
The Tsar of Love and Techno
Location: English Theatre Berlin, Fidicinstraße 40, 10965 Berlin

Anthony Marra’s latest book introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking.  A 1930s Soviet censor painstakingly corrects offending photographs, deep underneath Leningrad, bewitched by the image of a disgraced prima ballerina.  A chorus of women recount their stories and those of their grandmothers, former gulag prisoners who settled their Siberian mining town.  Two pairs of brothers share a fierce, protective love.  Young men across the former USSR face violence at home and in the military.  And great sacrifices are made in the name of an oil landscape unremarkable except for the almost incomprehensibly peaceful past it depicts.