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“I’m reading ‘The Tsar of Love and Techno’ by Anthony Marra, a collection of stories, rich with the black humor, so black you laugh through your tears. Marra escorts the reader into a small town on the Arctic circle, desolate physically from the lung-corrosive mines and Kafkaesque bleak from the left-over helpings of a totalitarian regime where the state swallows everyone whole, either by erasure or by slow asphyxiation of leaden skies or by a swift shot to the head with wolves to finish off the job. The only hope that sustains the characters is generations of memories mostly so horrible that the only thing you can do is laugh. Marra is a writer’s writer: his language is original, his images mind-bending. This book stays in your heart.”

Elizabeth Birkelund, author of ‘The Runaway Wife’