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Book Title: Alaska or Bust: And Other Stories|
The author of the book: Erma Odrach
Edition: Crimson Cloak Publishing
Date of issue: May 5th 2016
ISBN 13: 9781681600987
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A collection of stories from the far north, some humorous and some moving, Alaska or Bust takes the reader on a sub-arctic journey, where the landscape is not only larger-than-life but where people live life on the edge - Giorgio, an Italian tourist cycling up the Alaska Highway, gets mauled by a bear; Chuck, a street-wise city dog, becomes lost in the wilds of Alaska; a vaudeville performer in Dawson City amuses her audiences with her unbelievably big nose. Some of the stories are real, some of them are only partly real. With a wide spectrum of humorous and serious themes, Alaska or Bust puts you in the heart of a vast, unspoiled wilderness; it puts you in the heart of the Last Frontier.
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I am an author/translator living in Toronto, Canada. My book of short stories, Alaska or Bust and Other Stories, is now available on Amazon and elsewhere. Alaska or Bust brings the northwest corner of the North American continent to life. The land is raw and beautiful and there is magic and unpredictability everywhere. Alaska or Bust is about life in the true north - the land, the people and the history.
AS A LIT TRANSLATOR
I have translated the works of my late father, Theodore Odrach, and have opted to act as his voice on Goodreads.Wave of Terror, published by Chicago Review Press, is my father's first novel to appear in English: Stalin has just come to power, the world has turned up-side down, and there's tyranny at every corner. Wave of Terror provides a microcosmic examination of the new Soviet order at the start of WWII. (Available most places online or check your local library.)
PRAISE FOR WAVE OF TERROR
-"Theodore Odrach is that rare thing, a political novelist who is also an artist of the first rank." -Times Literary Supplement.
-"Odrach's delightfully sardonic novel about Stalinist occupation of Belarus that began in 1939 is rich with history, horror and comedy." -Publishers Weekly.
-"Wave of Terror is news that stays news and should be on the shelves of libraries where patrons care about the world beyond their immediate ambit." - Library Journal.
"... he has almost a journalistic eye for the story he wants to tell. I felt he was in the same league as Alexander Solzhenitsyn ..." Alberto Manguel, Globe and Mail.
-"It calls to mind, afresh, nightmare images of Orwell's 1984 and Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Odrach's work has a similar and in some ways even a greater power. - Winnipeg Free Press.
-"Compared to Solzhenitsyn and Orwell for his journalistic storytelling abilities, Odrach has a terse, compact stlye." - Russian Life.
-"By turns a comedy and a horror story, it's a shame Mr. Odrach's semiautobiographical novel did not reach the wider public when it was written. It might even have contributed to the downfall of the Soviet regime and we might recall him as a kind of Canadian Solzhenitsyn. But it loses none of its beauty and power just because the evil it was written against is now gone. Better late than never was never truer. Grade: A+" -BrothersJudd.com
ABOUT MY FATHER
My father was an émigré writer living in Toronto, Canada from 1953 until his death in 1964. He authored several novels and books of short stories in the Ukrainian language, all of which were published in Buenos Aires, New York, Winnipeg, and Toronto.
Born March 13, 1912 near Pinsk, Belarus (at that time a part of Czarist Russia), my father's original family name was Sholomitsky. At the age of 9, after committing a petty offense, he was sent by Polish authorities who then controlled the area to a reform school in Vilnius, Lithuania. After serving his time and doing odd jobs, he enrolled in the Stefan Batory University (now Vilnius University), where he earned a degree in ancient history and philosophy.
With the Soviet invasion of Vilnius in 1939, my father fled and returned to his native Belarus, landing a position as headmaster of a grammar school outside of Pinsk. Denounced by the Soviets, he then headed south to Ukraine, where he edited several underground newspapers. Still pursued by the Soviets and ultimately forced into hiding, my father managed to escape to Slovakia by way of the Carpathian Mountains. He traveled acro
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