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The Ugly
by Alexander Boldizar


Overview - Fiction. Humor. Muzhduk the Ugli the Fourth is a 300 pound boulder throwing mountain man from Siberia whose tribal homeland is stolen by an American lawyer out to build a butterfly conservatory for wealthy tourists. In order to restore his people's land and honor, Muzhduk must travel to Harvard Law School to learn how to throw words instead of boulders.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Fiction. Humor. Muzhduk the Ugli the Fourth is a 300 pound boulder throwing mountain man from Siberia whose tribal homeland is stolen by an American lawyer out to build a butterfly conservatory for wealthy tourists. In order to restore his people's land and honor, Muzhduk must travel to Harvard Law School to learn how to throw words instead of boulders. His anarchic adventures span continents, from Siberia to Cambridge to Africa, as he fights fellow students, Tuareg rebels, professors of law, dark magic, bureaucrats, heatstroke, postmodernists, and eventually time and space. A wild existential comedic romp, THE UGLY tells the tale of a flawed and unlikely hero struggling against the machine that shapes the people who govern our world.

"A picaresque novel about mountain people, Harvard lawyers, the heft of rocks, and the power of words. THE UGLY brims with intelligence and humor." Laila Lalami, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

"Even those with only a passing familiarity will nevertheless appreciate his muscular critique of conflicts both intellectual and physical. A surprising treat." Publishers Weekly"

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781936767472
  • ISBN-10: 1936767473
  • Publisher: Brooklyn Arts Press LLC
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 372
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.83 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.04 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-17
  • Reviewer: Staff

Boldizar's singular debut unexpectedly combines Harvard Law School, the Tuareg wars in Mali, and Eastern European folk traditions in an expansive, occasionally surreal tapestry that improbably works. Muzhduk the Ugli the Fourth knows that to keep his Siberian tribal standing, he needs to summit a higher mountain than those mastered by the Uglis before him. But when a Harvard-educated lawyer swindles the clan out of their land, Muzhduk realizes that there's an even higher mountain to conquer: law school. Through a series of increasingly bizarre misadventures, Muzhduk finds himself in Cambridge, Mass., with a perfect LSAT score and an unlikely champion on the faculty. Third-person accounts of Muzhduk's brief but infamous law school career are interspersed with his first-person narration of more recent events, which have brought him to Mali in search of the woman who got away. It's possible that only law students or lawyers will fully appreciate Boldizar's send-up of Ivy League legal education (he is himself the first post-independence Slovak citizen to receive a JD from Harvard), but even those with only a passing familiarity will nevertheless appreciate his muscular critique of conflicts both intellectual and physical. A surprising treat. (Sept.)

 
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