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Zift: A Noir Novel [Paperback]

Vladislav Todorov , Joseph Benatov

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Aug. 17 2010

December 21, 1963: Having served 20 years for a murder he didn't commit, "Moth" exits Central Sofia Prison anticipating his first night of freedom. Instead he steps into a new and alien world—the nightmarish totalitarianism of Communist Bulgaria. In his first hours of freedom he traverses the map of a diabolical city, full of decaying neighborhoods, gloomy streets, and a bizarre parade of characters.

A novel of grave wit, Zift unfolds in the course of a single, frenetic night, offering a fast-paced, ghoulish, even grotesque—but also enchanting—tour of shadowy, socialist Sofia. To achieve his depiction of totalitarian absurdity, Vladislav Todorov combines the methods of hardboiled American crime fiction and film noir with socialist symbols and communist ideological clichés.



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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Paul Dry Books; Reprint edition (Aug. 17 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589880595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589880597
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 11.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,701,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

"Pulp fiction by a historian of ideas."—Literary Weekly (Sofia)

"Tongue flambé."—Kultura

"...stalking its genre with the meticulousness of an assassin, while simultaneously parodying it. A novel that unfolds over a single night, in a single breath—and also reads that way...a black-and-white cinematographic vision of early-1960s Sofia by Night."—Georgi Gospodinov, author of Natural Novel


About the Author

Zift, Vladislav Todorov's debut novel, was a finalist for the 2007 Vick Prize as Bulgarian Novel of the Year and a nominee for the Elias Canetti National Literary Prize. Todorov also wrote the screenplay for the 2008 film version of Zift. Variety hailed the movie as "an instant midnight fest fave." Todorov teaches film and literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, gritty & witty Sept. 6 2010
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Excellent short story which more than lived up to expectation. A great mix of Slavic wit and social narrative

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