Between Dog and Wolf by Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry

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"Between Dog and Wolf depicts friendship with all the passionate intensity of a Ferrante novel – against the rich encyclopaedic detail of late Soviet life" — Sasha Dugdale, writer and translator, including In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova

"A remarkable novel. Gorcheva-Newberry combines a timeless story of loss and longing with a viscerally personal account of Russia’s recent past. Fizzing with life as much as it is suffused with unbearable sadness, the book perfectly captures the discombobulations of perestroika: the hope and the disappointment of the new – and a yearning for what might have been" — Ben Noble, author of Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future?

Moscow, 1985. Four teenagers – Anya, Milka, Petya and Aleksey, whose lives, like those of their Western counterparts, are fuelled by sex, alcohol and cigarettes – yearn for a world of Levi’s, Queen, foreign travel and the freedom to choose their fates. Instead, they encounter heartbreak and tragedy, while all around them Soviet policies, cruel but familiar, are giving way to untested concepts such as glasnost and perestroika and a brief flourishing of hope before the next repressive regime takes root.

This is the hour between dog and wolf, twilight, when one state has ended and another has not quite begun.

Although it depicts a chaotic and desperate era, this exceptional debut novel pulsates with life. It is radiant with friendship and love, the power of international literature, values and politics, as its characters struggle to survive, to save their country and one another.

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