The Lost Button

The Lost Button

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In early 80's Ukraine is stricken by perestroika and struggles for "democracy", Afghanistan is in flames of a war where hundreds of eighteen-year-old youths are killed every day. Their peer, Dan, a student of cinematography, hardly cares about social problems anywhere on the planet. But one fatal encounter with a mysterious young lady in a picturesque corner of the Carpathians changes his life forever. Unable to let go of his love after getting lost with her in the woods for one beautiful night, the young man's fascination with the actress turns into an obsession. He deliberately goes through all the hell circles in Afghanistan, striving to burn out the traces of his unrequited love. Years later his native country just starts experiencing a real advertising boom amidst which he finds a new way to apply his creative talent and inner strengths. However, the past of his love rushes back into his life and now this obsession takes him from one continent to another. The taut psychological thriller The Lost Button keeps the reader transfixed.
The novel encompasses an entire era from the mid-70s of the previous century till the modern day with its geography stretching over the European region including Kiev, the Ukraine's periphery, Russia and Montenegro, and at last the United States. It explores evergreen concepts of love, devotion, and betrayal and emphasizes the idea that whenever and wherever one lives, a tiny detail like a lost button has the power to set off a chain of events that would lead to either one's greatest happiness or one's greatest tragedy. It is about not looking back, but always valuing what you have - today and forever. The Lost Button received first place in the "Coronation of the Word" competition in 2005 and subsequently was made into a feature film.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 9mm | 219g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1909156043
  • 9781909156043
  • 2,134,930

Table of contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 7 A NOTE ON IREN ROZDOBUDKO 8 PART ONE 13 DENYS 13 ELYZAVETA TENETSKA 40 DENYS 50 PART TWO 56 DENYS 56 DENYS 66 ELYZAVETA TENETSKA 79 DENYS 85 LIKA 90 LIKA'S FIRST MONOLOGUE 90 LIKA'S SECOND MONOLOGUE 92 LIKA'S THIRD MONOLOGUE 94 LIKA'S FOURTH MONOLOGUE 95 DENYS 95 PART THREE 110 DENYS 110 BOOK TWO LIKA 134 PART FOUR 162 EPILOGUE 176
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About Irene Rozdobudko

Called "The Lady Detective of Ukrainian literature" by the media for her splendid earlier detective books, Irene Rozdobudko has recently burst into book market with a dozen award winning titles ranging from a light absurd comedy to a heavy psychological thriller and quickly claimed her rightful place among masters of modern literature in her native Ukraine. A graduate of Kyiv National University in journalism, Irene started small, from a modest job of a waitress in a restaurant, later taking occasional jobs in a circus and a video store. Her talent for the written word eventually came into fruition when she landed a gig right down her professional alley in one of Kyiv's major newspapers "Rodoslav" and journal "Suchasnast". Her career took an interesting turn when she began working on national radio, became an observer for another major newspaper and later editor for woman's magazine "Natalie", editor-in-chief for the magazine "Storytelling Caravan - Ukraine" and a reporter for the journal "Academia". Irene Rozdobudko is one of the most popular writers in Ukraine today and has a lively, engaging writing style that makes her works accessible to a wide reading audience. Irene points very skilfully those aspects of human nature that drive decisions and give direction to a person's life, as well as other people's destiny. Her cinematographic vision of action and psychologically complicated, delicately worked out characters who have first-hand knowledge of life's irony and wisdom make her novels perfect for the big screen adaptation as well as for the honourable place on a book shelf of a top quality modern literature devotee. The author's novel The Lost Button recently became a film. Irene's artistic brilliance won the author a national price in literature "Coronation of the Word" three times.
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4 30% (70)
3 21% (48)
2 8% (19)
1 6% (13)
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