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When Mr Putin Stole My Painting: Ten Short Stories


A portrait of a Russian officer, bought from a crooked Lebanese art dealer, causes mysterious events and strange men come calling; a cat, tortured in pre-Revolutionary France, returns to wreak revenge; a German soldier deserts to see his mother in a devastated Germany with surprising consequences; an exotic birdcage seems possessed of strange powers to its new owner…just four synopses of ten remarkable stories heralding a remarkable debut.

Joannah Yacoub writes with verve, considerable insight and a wonderful range of vocabulary. Sophisticated and profoundly moving, here is a new writer of startling virtuosity.

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Dimensions 19.8 × 12.6 cm
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