Snowdrops: A Novel Paperback – Oct 18 2011
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SHORTLISTED for the 2011 Man Booker prize
SHORTLISTED for the 2011 CWA Gold Dagger, for best crime novel of the year
SHORTLISTED for the Galaxy National Book Awards audible.co.uk Audiobook of the Year
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“A chilling first novel about the slide from relative innocence into amorality. I love the honesty of the writing, and the way the furious cold of a bitter Moscow winter gradually emerges as a character in its own right.” --- Julie Myerson
"Snowdrops is an irresistible, sophisticated and compelling thriller of darkly delicious Russian corruption and decadence, by a writer who truly understands where the corpses lie buried under the pure Russian snows.” --- Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Sashenka and Young Stalin
“Anybody who has spent any time in Moscow will instantly recognize the city’s infamous decadence as well as its attraction in this extraordinarily evocative book—and anybody who has never been there will experience both the lure and the horror of modern Russia.” --- Anne Applebaum
“Miller's debut novel is an electrifying tour of the dark side of Moscow, and of human nature. . . . The overriding theme is corruption and the way that morals can become corroded, but the novel is multi-layered; subtle rather than strident, and imbued with a bruised beauty. . . . He is masterful at capturing small details. . . . A gorgeously crafted story of a man hurtling into love. . . . Snowdrops assaults all your senses with its power and poetry, and leaves you stunned and addicted.” -- The Independent, Leyla Sanai
“The wonderfully evoked corrupt atmosphere of modern Moscow, a dangerous mix of extreme poverty and decadent wealth, of simple old-fashioned values and unrestrained debauchery reads like Graham Greene on steroids. . . . Tightly written, with fascinating insider detail gained in three years as The Economist magazine's Moscow correspondent, Miller's complex, gripping debut novel is undoubtedly the real thing.” --The Daily Mail, John Harding
“AD Miller's engrossing debut . . . offers an entirely believable portrait of a man complicit in Moscow's moral freefall. . . . Miller brilliantly showcases the city as his novel's strutting, charismatic star . . . rendered with intoxicating vitality. It is a bravura setting for a study in morality . . . disturbing and dazzling . . . unforgettable.” --Sunday Telegraph, Benjamin Evans
“The plot charts [Nick's] downscaling of hopes and ambitions with chilling efficiency. . . . A very good novel. . . . The writing has tremendous pace and energy. . . . [Nick is] amusing, compellingly honest company. . . . A powerful warning of the dangers of staring at something so long that you stop noticing what you're seeing.” --The Guardian, John O'Connell
“Snowdrops strips away the layers of life in the Russian capital with subtle, pitiless grace. . . . Paced almost ideally, with an atmosphere that scintillates with beguiling menace, Snowdrops deserves . . . to enjoy substantial popular success.” --The Literary Review, Jonathan Barnes
Top Customer Reviews
These are the Russian "gold-rush days", and Nick, Nicolai Ivanovich to the locals, a British lawyer, is caught up in financial and other dealings in more ways than one. Despite slowly realizing that all may not be as it appears with his new girlfriend, Masha, her sister Katya and Tatiana Vladimirovna, their aunt, and warnings from his cynical journalist friend, Steven Walsh, he cannot extricate himself from their influence. Rather, Nick prefers to adopt the popular advice of the day "the less you know, the longer you live".
In his business dealings Nick is as gullible, going with the flow: "Money in Moscow had its own particular habits", he muses by way of explanation and justification for his actions. "Money knew that someone in the Kremlin might decide to take it back at any moment..." Nick writes his story with hindsight, confessing "all, as honestly as I can", to his soon to be wife (he hopes).Read more ›
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This is an easy to read story just because the prose flows easily. Miller knows how to write. The problem is that his characters and plot are a collection of stereotypes. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2012 by Vlad Thelad
I've seen this billed as a thriller in several places, but it sure isn't very thrilling; and to call it "intense psychological drama" is frankly laughable. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2011 by harsil