The Bride from Odessa by Edgardo Cozarinsky

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Set in Buenos Aires, Lisbon, Vienna, Budapest, and Odessa, both before and after World War II, the eleven stories in The Bride from Odessa belong to a great Argentine cosmopolitan tradition: that of the uprooted exile, the plaything of history, who sets down in a strange but proud land and looks back nostalgically to the Europe of his ancestral memory.

Edgardo Cozarinsky's characters are writers, lovers, scholars, artists, and dreamers. An ambitious young Jew, about to marry and embark for a new life in Argentina, is accosted by an unknown woman who departs with him to Buenos Aires; a pianist in a Buenos Aires nightclub finds himself drawn back to Germany in 1937; an Argentine-American Jew travels to Lisbon to unravel the threads of his grandparents' wartime affair. The Bride from Odessa describes a secret land without borders--it is provocative and mysterious fiction of the highest order.

About Edgardo Cozarinsky

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Cozarinsky is best known for his subtle, semidocumentary films. Nick Caistor is a translator, editor, and author. He has written a biography of Octavio Paz and has translated the works of Jose Saramago, Paulo Coelho, and Julia n Ri os, among others.
Published September 1, 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 176 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Cozarinsky’s second collection (after Urban Voodoo, 1990) is bracketed by two masterpieces, beginning with the unusual title story, about a young Jew, in 1890, preparing to embark for Buenos Aires to await his reluctant bride-to-be’s later arrival—only to be accompanied instead by the non-Jewish ...

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The Bride from Odessa by Edgardo Cozarinsky, translated by Nick Caistor 160pp, Harvill, £10.99 Argentine short story writers have a tough time: whatever they write will inevitably be compared to the work of fellow countryman Borges, one of the indisputable masters of the form.

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