The Big Green Tent

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Picador USA
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5.6 X 1.0 X 8.1 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Ludmila Ulitskaya is one of Russia's most popular and renowned literary figures. A former scientist and the director of Moscow's Hebrew Repertory Theater, she is the author of fourteen works of fiction, three tales for children, and six plays that have been staged by a number of theaters in Russia and Germany. She has won Russia's Man Booker Prize and was short-listed for the Man Booker International Prize. A strong advocate for freedom of expression, she recently published a volume of her correspondence with the imprisoned Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky.


"As grand, solid, and impressively all-encompassing as the title implies."--Lara Vapnyar, The New York Times Book Review

"One of Russia's most famous writers...Compelling, addictive reading."--Masha Gessen, The New Yorker

"Never boring...You don't have to be a compatriot to admire Ulitskaya's honesty and straight-faced irony, or her uncanny ability to marshal endless digressions and intentional stumbles into a gripping tale."--Leonid Bershidsky, The Atlantic

"Like that other plot-forward dissident, Nobel winner Boris Pasternak, Ulitskaya puts characters first and politics second. According to the oddsmakers, she might follow him to Stockholm one day."--Boris Kachka, New York magazine

"The Big Green Tent, for all its grand ambition, manages an intimacy that can leave a reader reeling....a masterpiece."--Colin Dwyer, NPR

"This may be the Big Book of the year."--The Millions

"With both intimacy and cosmic scope, Russian novelist Ludmila Ulitskaya weaves an engaging tale of a group of cold war-era Soviet friends....Ulitskaya's easy-going manner and sense of humor are attractive and it doesn't take long to trust she knows what she's doing....The translation, by Polly Gannon, is light and lively, wonderfully devoid of accent or awkwardnesses."--The Christian Science Monitor

"A very interesting read as Ulitskaya covers with breathless gusto a period of Russian history unfamiliar to most American readers....You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll occasionally want to throw the book across the room in frustration--but you'll keep reading."--Daniel Kalder, The Dallas Morning News

"Often it is achievement enough for a writer to depict a vast array of characters with insight and great sensitivity for each; Ulitskaya does this and more....It is undeniable that with this novel Ulitskaya has pulled off a multipronged feat."--Kim Hedges, The Minneapolis Star Tribune

"As the book leaps effortlessly from year to year, character to character, it ingeniously tells the story of a generation that is at the same time in love with and at war with its homeland....A delight to read."--The Harvard Crimson

"One of the year's best works of straightforward realism."--Flavorwire

"Ambitious and absorbing, The Big Green Tent carries its readers into the lost world of Soviet dissidents, and its hold is unwavering. This is a daring and moral work, but it is also, above all, a great story."--Peter Finn, coauthor of The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA and the Battle over a Forbidden Book

"A sweeping novel of life in the Cold War Soviet Union, with plenty between the lines about life in Putin's Russia today....The greatest tragedy of Ulitskaya's story is that it comes to an end. Worthy of shelving alongside Doctor Zhivago memorable and moving."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"For Western readers, the novel's sparkling imagery makes real the drab and dangerous Soviet era, with its scarcities and constant presence of the KGB. The characters are drawn with humor and melancholy yet endowed with hope and a love of literature. A great introduction for readers new to Ulitskaya."--Library Journal (starred review)

"One of the most important living Russian writers."--Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story on Ludmila Ulitskaya

"Ludmila Ulitskaya arrives here not just as a shrewd novelist, but as a wise and evocative artist."--The Philadelphia Inquirer on Ludmila Ulitskaya