Iron

Iron Collection of four short stories set mostly in post Soviet Russia Information available at zarinazabrisky

  • Title: Iron
  • Author: Zarina Zabrisky
  • ISBN: 9781926860138
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback
  • Collection of four short stories set mostly in post Soviet Russia Information available at zarinazabrisky

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    1. The four stories in Zarina Zabrisky's Iron have the raw intelligence and energy of Irvine Welsh's early stories, transposed into the world of the ex-Soviet Union. Or, to put it another way, Zabrisky follows in the tradition of Nikolai Gogol, using witty nightmarish realism to illuminate Russian dysfunctionality. Bringing to life characters who have passion but no convictions, their reality as squalid as their dreams are pure, with the hunger of inebriation and the clarity of the terribly hungove [...]

    2. My design for this collection of short stories was based on the theme of "Iron." The hammer and sickle on the Soviet flag represents a male worker and a female peasant, both communist and represented by the five-cornered star. Zabrisky's post-Soviet women reinvent themselves. The high heel stiletto shoe represents the desire to regain power that traditionally belongs to man and the totalitarian state without losing the femininity. The sickle is also a cold weapon. Death is never far away in Zabr [...]

    3. A stunning first collection of short stories about contemporary Russian women, this volume unabashedly tells how they absorb and survive the outbreaks of barely contained violence in contemporary Russian society. Zabrisky adroitly reflects how the angers of the past persist despite the lifting of the iron curtain and creep into personal lives to pull down and scar individuals. Her shifts in plot are explosions of red poppies or roses or blood. One has to read the book to fully appreciate the tit [...]

    4. A brilliant, and at times brutal, first collection of short stories published by the lovely and talented Zarina Zabrisky. If Irving Welsh was a tall Russian woman with a penchant for wearing high heels and writing about Sovietism intermingled with addiction, this is what it would look like. An excellent book that's only possible to put down to catch a breath and force an empathetic sigh for Zarina's daring and tragic characters.

    5. Iron- Zarina Zabrisky There is no question that Zarina Zabrisky’s new collection of short prose, ‘Iron’, is a remarkable book. Zabrisky works with such an exactitude, a highly- tuned sensual awareness, with powerfully charged metaphor and a keen perceptual intelligence throughout. These are stories of the surreal and of the absurdly living, breathing flesh, highly-charged and colourful cinematic tales evoking empathy with the central characters. Zabrisky makes no value judgement of the hum [...]

    6. Iron by Zarina Zabrisky is a collection of short stories that are centered behind the Red Curtain even when the narrator is sitting in California. There are four shorts here, at first glance, the book seems slight, that's a misconception. Every story within it is like an atomic bomb."Weeping Poppies" is a first person journey through the Russian countryside stealing poppies out of front yards to make DIY heroin at home. "The Cross of David" is about American opportunism juxtaposed with religious [...]

    7. These stories are spare and focused. They hit you right where it counts: in that place that makes you think and feel and think about why you feel what you feel. They break your heart with tales of people stuck in hamster-wheel worlds, but manage to uplift, too, showing how only when we face the worst can we show true power and light.

    8. In her first book, Iron (Epic Rites Press), Zarina Zabrisky’s short fiction collection is original, passionate and literary. But prepare yourself for an emotional journey. Over the past two years, Zabrisky has gifted her readers and acquaintances with the rare and authentic treat of her flamboyant persona in many Bay Area literary events. At these, we have seen all those traits from her book. We have also laughed. Zabrisky can write fiction that is very funny – raunchy, brazen, unabashed and [...]

    9. Reading Zabrisky's debut, I couldn't help but recall this quote from Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham: "His cheating and his bitterness were the revolt of his will against () a deep-rooted instinct of holiness, against a desire for God that terrified and yet obsessed him." Tramps, junkies, gypsies, rapscallions, all of Zarina's characters embrace this ideology (despite proclaimed, fervent atheism). This isn't to say Iron is a religious book by any stretch. This is literary fiction of the highest [...]

    10. When writing about a foreign country or using a language other than English, writers in the United States always take a risk. Will readers believe her details, the depth with which she presents the foreign land? Zarina Zabrisky, born in Russia and now living in California, carefully builds a relationship of trust with her readers as she leads them down a dark and scary road in Communist Russia in her collection IronRead the rest at Grab the Lapels

    11. I finally got to read IRON, front to back, all the way through, and I must tell you, it is such a fluidly written collection! I was so impressed by how Zabrisky managed to make the sensational, the odd, the unexpected, unpredictable, seem matter-of-fact and normal. The author brings the readers into the living room with her and then shows them things they would otherwise never, ever get to see in person. A lovely, lovely collection.

    12. Bloody brilliant both in content and in style. One of those rare books that at the end makes me wish I'd written it. This book knocked me flat on my ass.

    13. Read it in one sitting, which was easy to do since it's only four short stories. Good, but won't impress most I don't think.

    14. Zarina's voice is powerful and haunting. Her characters deep and couragous even in their own failings. They will haunt me as ghosts long after reading.

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