One-Way Ticket: Stories

One-Way Ticket: Stories
One-Way Ticket: Stories
ISBN 978-0811217927
210 pages
Stories on the lot of an emigre, describing the simultaneous longing and rejection of a past that is gone forever. In one story, the emigre protagonist returns to Moscow and is gripped by nostalgia upon smelling garbage mixed with urine.

Reviews

November 8, 2012

By Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"

Zinik's one-way ticket took him from the Soviet Union to the West in 1975, and most of his characters have had a similar fate. "You sit with a cocktail at a cafe table and all this joyous, richly diverse world swirls about you. And you start to swirl with it" says one in a letter home to Moscow, and swirl is evident throughout these finely balanced stories. But so is the nostalgia, the restlessness, the lack of connection that so many emigres experience.

November 8, 2012
From Publishers Weekly

With a narrative style and humor that sometimes hints at Nabokov, Zinik (The Mushroom Picker, 1986, 1996), who left Russia in 1975, crafts amazing stories depicting the plight of emigres as they endure their solitude and try, ultimately, to create new lives and new selves. These eight stories give glimpses of the mindset and frustrations that the narrator (also named Zinovy Zinik) experiences.