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Eleven Prague Corpses
by Kirill Kobrin and Veronika Lakatova


Overview - Prague is a place where murders happen, and it takes an English-speaking Russian expat with a strong antipathy for the city and its inhabitants to solve the mystery . . . or maybe not. As the plots thicken, the two narrators of Kirill Kobrin's ten short stories gradually merge into a single hazy, undefined personality, characterized by a passion for logical reasoning, which leads to the identification of the culprit; except that the laboriously constructed murder narrative may stand or fall on a typo, and the mentally satisfying conclusion may or may not have much to do with reality .  Read more...

 
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Overview
Prague is a place where murders happen, and it takes an English-speaking Russian expat with a strong antipathy for the city and its inhabitants to solve the mystery . . . or maybe not. As the plots thicken, the two narrators of Kirill Kobrin's ten short stories gradually merge into a single hazy, undefined personality, characterized by a passion for logical reasoning, which leads to the identification of the culprit; except that the laboriously constructed murder narrative may stand or fall on a typo, and the mentally satisfying conclusion may or may not have much to do with reality . . .

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781628971347
  • ISBN-10: 1628971347
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publish Date: February 2016
  • Page Count: 168
  • Reading Level: Ages 22-UP

Series: Russian Literature

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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-11-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

Russian author, editor, and historian Kobrin weaves 10 not-so-simple mysteriesin some, murder predominates, while in others, the narrators sanity is on trialinto a diffuse whole in his first collection of short stories translated into English. Each episodic investigation takes place in damned Prague and is initiated by a Russified expat with conflicted feelings about the city. With frequent references to the universe of Kafka, the neighborhoods and their inhabitants come to feel immediate through the eyes of the outcast narrator: Czech clerks with impossibly short haircuts and their solarium-fried girlfriends, the noisy thought-killing rumble of the tram, the fortified walls of boiled dough bathing in thick brown lakes of meat gravy. The sardonic narrator (or narrators, depending on the readers interpretation), who speaks Russian but prefers to speak English, often refers to literature as he navigates the Czech language and its people. The stories that work bestCCTV and The Triumph of Evilexpertly mix absurdity, immorality, and morbid humor. Many of the stories involve speculation about multiple unsolved murders. However, the passages that indulge in theorizing about crime feel rushed and fussy, and the reader never gets to piece together clues in real time alongside the narrator. But Kobrins intricate renderings of Prague, underlying the amorphous chain of intersecting stories, open up a city both tidy and terrifying. (Mar.)

 
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