Cloth $21.00 ISBN: 9780857420886 Published October 2013 World sales rights except India

Apostoloff

Sibylle Lewitscharoff

Sibylle Lewitscharoff

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Katy Derbyshire
288 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2013
Cloth $21.00 ISBN: 9780857420886 Published October 2013 World sales rights except India

 “Gone, finito, The End, I say. A father who puts an end to it all before he wears down the whole family deserves more praise than damnation.”
 
Two sisters travel to Sofia—in a convoy of luxury limousines arranged by a fellow Bulgarian exile—to bury their less-than-beloved father. Like tourists, they are chauffeured by the ever-charming Ruben Apostoloff—one sister in the back seat, one in the passenger seat, one sharp-tongued and aggressive, the other polite and considerate. In a caustic voice, Apostoloff shows them the treasures of his beloved country: the peacock-eye pottery (which contains poisonous dye), the Black Sea coast (which is utterly destroyed), the architecture (a twentieth-century crime). His attempts to win them over seem doomed to fail, as the sisters’ Bulgarian heritage is a heavy burden—their father, a successful doctor and melancholy immigrant, appears in their dreams still dragging the rope with which he hanged himself.
 
An account of a daughter’s bitterly funny reckoning with her father and his country, laden with linguistic wit and black humor, Apostoloff will introduce the unique voice of Sibylle Lewitscharoff to a new and eager audience.

Contents

On the Road with Rumen

Do Excuse Me, Please

Meat!

How Much?

Here’s Burning at You, Kid

Gold

Gardens

Black Casings

The Wallflower

Federal Cross of Merit

Shumen

Crackling Wings

A Happy Couple

Jackie

To the Sea

Varna

Roxy

Potpourri

Poppy Eyes

NesseBar

Onward!

Sofia

The Rest Remains a Secret

 

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