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An Awkward Age by Anna Starobinets

An Awkward Age by Anna Starobinets

Title: An Awkward Age

Author:  Anna Starobinets

ISBN:  9781843917144

Weight:  537 g

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An Awkward Age by Anna Starobinets

‘…passing by the unmade bed, she suddenly remembered her daughter’s words: There’s something that crawls over his bed as well.  Insects…  She went closer, gave the grey, beslobbered blanket a cautious shake…’

Drawing the reader into an eerie world, disturbed world, Starobinets blurs the boundaries between real and imagined in this startling and unsettling collection of stories set in modern Russia.

The title story of this collection, ‘An Awkward Age’, spins the tale of seven-year-old Maxim, who lives with this mother and identical twin sister in Moscow.  Though distressed by his parents’ divorce, nothing could prepare his family for his horrifying transformation as he enters adolescence.  Only when his diary is discovered does the sinister and terrifying truth behind his metamorphosis from boy to monster come to light.

Starobinets’ unsettling imagination and simplicity of prose come to the fore in this gripping book where damaged characters, broken relationships and unruly society collide.  An Awkward Age is haunting and evocative and will stay with you long after you’ve finished the last page…

Peer & Press Reviews

Anna Starobinets has been compared with a host of literary greats, including Edgar Allan Poe and George Orwell…  Indeed, Starobinets’ horror manifests itself in a variety of forms, way beyond the devices used by Poe, Ray Bradbury or HG Wells

Telegraph (online supplement)

Anna Starobinets stands apart from other genre writers thanks to her ability to write in a good, unpolluted and idiomatic Russian.

The Moscow Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title An Awkward Age
Translator Hugh Alpin
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition features A collection of six short horror stories in an attractive small volume: mid-blue cloth-effect boards, deep cream endpapers and bright blue decorative head and tail bands.
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes Nominated for Russia’s prestigious National Bestseller Prize
Book Stats
Publisher Hesperus Press
Publication date
Printed by Jordan National Press, Jordan
ISBN 13 9781843917144
ISBN 10 1843917149
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 153
Size (h x w x d) 203 x 135 x 20mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket design Fraser Muggeridge Studio
Jacket images Henrik Sorensen / Photonica / Getty Images

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