Jacob's Ladder : A Novel by Ludmila Ulitskaya

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One of Russia's most renowned literary figures and a Man Booker International Prize nominee, Ludmila Ulitskaya presents what may be her final novel. Jacob's Ladder is a family saga spanning a century of recent Russian history - and represents the summation of the author's career, which has been devoted to sharing the absurd and tragic tales of twentieth-century life in her nation. Spanning the seeming promise of the prerevolutionary years, to the dark Stalinist era, to the corruption and confusion of the present day, Jacob's Ladder is a pageant of romance, betrayal, and memory.

With a scale worthy of Tolstoy, it asks how much control any of us have over our lives - and how much is in fact determined by history, by chance, or indeed by the genes passed down by the generations that have preceded us into the world.

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