ISBN 0-89370-941-7 (paper)
227 pages, $15
Is there such a thing as bad luck, misfortune that hits you at random, independently of your actions? Or do we make our own luck? This is the question that author Gary Kern mulls as he works for a quadriplegic, tries to help an old woman raving that her millions have been stolen and translates the memoirs of a Ukrainian dissident and former political prisoner, Lev Kopelev.
"Powerful... like walking across the bottom of the Atlantic in lead boots."
~ Small Press Review
GARY KERN has translated eight books from Russian, including Before Sunrise by Mikhail Zoshchenko (Ardis, 1974), The Education of a True Believer by Lev Kopelev (Harper & Row, 1980) and This I Cannot Forget: The Memoirs of Nikolai Bukharin's Widow by Anna Larina (Norton, 1993). He is the author of the critically acclaimed study, The Kravchenko Case (Enigma Books, 2007), and A Death in Washington: Walter G. Krivitksy and the Stalin Terror (Enigma Books, 2003). He also wrote the play, The Mad Kokoschka, and a memoir entitled Letters From Dwight, both published by Xenos Books. His novel, The Last Snow Leopard (Ghost Dance, 1996), is now available as an e-book.
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