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The Sarabande of Sara’s Band by a prolific Ukrainian writer Larysa Denysenko
At the very least about imperfect marriages, and what your ideal apartment and your quite pleasant life can turn into in just 24 hours to the accompaniment of the Sarabande for string orchestra and piano by G.F.Handel.
Pavlo wakes up one morning in the home he cannot recognize, and things he sees everywhere pretty quickly lead to a form of daunting domestic insanity. Sara’s family, as special as they are, certainly means well, but their overrated enthusiasm suffocates Pavlo and becomes his biggest challenge. Will Dudnik and his relationship with Sara survive the test?
Presented mostly through the rapid-fire interactions between the characters in one-on-one situations or in small groups, Denisenko’s entertaining comedy is introspective, reflective, filled with folk wisdom and subtle irony. The Sarabande of Sara’s Band is a non-pretentious work of prose, aiming to inspire healthy criticism and a detached look at the society it plays out in, with its recognizable Jewish and Ukrainian-Orthodox theme so particularly filigree and enjoyable in this novel.
The novel translated by Michael M.Naydan and Svitlana Bednazh.
About the author:
Of Lithuanian and Greek extraction, Larysa Denysenko was born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1973, where she lives today. Larysa Denysenko seems to be a woman writer who has it all. She is the author of seven novels, three children’s books, and five collections on cultural and literary topics. Besides being a novelist, she is a practicing lawyer, a literary and art critic, a prominent TV journalist, a screenwriter, a model, a writer for women’s magazines, and a columnist. Her first novel Toys Made of Flesh and Blood won the 2002 Coronation of the Word Grand Prize in Ukraine. And the novel presented here in translation, The Sarabande of Sara’s Band (2008), won the 2008 Book of the Year Award in the category of fiction.