A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainianis bestselling author Marina Lewycka's hilarious and award winning debut novel.

'Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blonde Ukrainian divorcee. He was eighty-four and she was thirty-six. She exploded into our lives like a fluffy pink grenade, churning up the murky water, bringing to the surface a sludge of sloughed-off memories, giving the family ghosts a kick up the backside.'

Sisters Vera and Nadezhda must aside a lifetime of feuding to save their emigre engineer father from voluptuous gold-digger Valentina. With her proclivity for green satin underwear and boil-in-the-bag cuisine, she will stop at nothing in her pursuit of Western wealth.

But the sisters' campaign to oust Valentina unearths family secrets, uncovers fifty years of Europe's darkest history and sends them back to roots they'd much rather forget . . .

'It's rare to find a first novel that gets so much right . . . Lewycka is a seriously talented comic writer' Time Out

'Hugely enjoyable...yields a golden harvest of family truths' Daily Telegraph

'Delightful, funny, touching' Spectator

Bestselling author Marina Lewkyca has received great critical acclaim since the publication of her hilarious first novelA Short History of Tractors in Ukrainianin 2005, which was the winner of the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction 2005, winner of the Saga Award for Wit 2005, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2005 and longlisted for the Booker prize 2005. Her other humorous novels Two Caravans(published asStrawberry Fieldsin the USA and Canada),We Are All Made of Glueand Various Pets Alive and Deadare also available from Penguin.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 24mm | 222.26g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • no pictures
  • 0141020520
  • 9780141020525
  • 68,389

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It's rare to find a first novel that gets so much right . . . Lewycka is a seriously talented comic writer * Time Out * More than just a jolly romp with political undertones is the way it captures the peculiar flavour of Eastern European immigrant life . . . a very rich mixture indeed, as well as very enjoyable reading * Daily Express * Funny, gritty, original ... one I adore * Independent * Remarkable, a lovely novel * Sunday Telegraph * An extraordinary read . . . nothing short of amazing. A rare treat, all too easy to gulp down in one greedy sitting * Spectator * Outstanding * Literary Review * Extremely funny * The Times * Intelligent, lively, well written and compassionate * Financial Times * Ploughs a rich comic furrow * Daily Telegraph * A clever, touching story * Economist * Mad and hilarious * Grazia * Hilarious * The Times * A delightful first novel . . . an understanding of history, a profundity, and yet a lightness of touch, that are a joy... funny and touching * The Daily Mail * Hugely enjoyable . . . yields a golden harvest of family truths * The Times * Memorably inventive, unexpectedly moving * Daily Telegraph * Wit, humour, sparkling dialogue, vivid characterization and generous spirit. Food for thought and a great read * Daily Mail * Enthralling * Sunday Times * Thought-provoking, uproariously funny, a comic feast. A riotous oil painting of senility, lust and greed * TLS *
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About Marina Lewycka

Marina Lewycka lives in Sheffield with her husband and daughter, and teaches at Sheffield Hallam University.
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"I thought this was an absolutely fabulous read. The characters are life-like in their family feuding and the plot, centred around an 80years old man and his insatiable desire for a woman more than half his age, leaves the reader laughing out loud at the hilarity of their situation and at the next turn of the page, crying at the sheer vulgarity of what some people will do at the expense of others."show more
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