The Concert Ticket

The Concert Ticket

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Anna is on her way home from work on a cold winter's day when she sees a crowd queuing at a kiosk. Though a queue is not an unusual sight in a Russian city, this appears different. There's a rumour that famous exiled composer Selinksy is returning to conduct his last symphony for one night only - and this kiosk is selling tickets.The acquisition of tickets to this concert becomes an obsession in Anna's small family. Her husband, a tuba player in a state band, sees the ticket as a way of embarking on an illicit affair. Their son thinks going to the concert will help him flee to the West on Selinksy's coattails. And Anna? She secretly hopes the ticket will make her husband love her again.The Concert Ticket is a heartbreaking novel about the secret, profound longings at the heart of a family struggling in a time of great repression.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 1 x 1 x 1mm | 145g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141044829
  • 9780141044828
  • 453,988

About Olga Grushin

Olga Grushin was born in Moscow in 1971. Her novel The Dream Life of Sukhanov was shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers 2006 and the LA Times Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction 2006. Grushin was selected as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists 2007. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, Granta and The Partisan Review. She lives in Washington DC with her husband and son.
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464 ratings
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4 38% (175)
3 29% (133)
2 9% (40)
1 3% (16)
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