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Book Title: Welcome to the Hotel Yalta: Six Stories of Cold War Noir|
Date of issue: July 4th 2016
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The author of the book: Victoria Dougherty
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 32.61 MB
Edition: Wilderness Press
Read full description of the books Welcome to the Hotel Yalta: Six Stories of Cold War Noir:My first read of anything written by Victoria Dougherty and I will return to this author without doubt based on these short stories that losely overlap and have at their heart a bodycount of agents and associates caught up in Cold War espionage.
Great writing, full of life, interactions, flirting, eating and drinking, sex and death.
Set in 1956 the stories are set in a time of confusion, changing loyalties and deep tension. Spycraft attracted the young, the bold, the sadist and the faithful. It paid well, had its compensations, allowed more freedom and gave colour in an otherwise monochrome world.
I enjoyed the mystery in these six stories all of which are left open-ended. Where they seem to merge with another stories nothing really fully comes into focus. The sense of whose side anyone was on at any given time is also blurred. Family, friends and lovers are no guarantees for survival although a strange credit card sized token seems to be of some significance nothing is concluded; each story seems to require another few pages at least to make sense in a conventional way.
Here perhaps is the beauty of this offering, set at a time when things were unclear, roles less defined. No neat ending seems to some it all up; bodies can be set aside a new story made up.
The other thing that works is that you will want to return to this work again and try to tease out some more secrets and learn some truth previously overlooked.
I can never get my head around the loss of life in the Soviet Union due to War, Revolution, War and Purges under Stalin but the backstory here of 'The Great Detective' and his revised view of success is both telling and chilling.
Read information about the authorVictoria Dougherty has for nearly twenty years distinguished herself as a master storyteller, writing fiction, drama, speeches, essays, and television news segments/video scripts.
In Prague, Ms. Dougherty co-founded the acclaimed Black Box Theater, translating, producing and acting to sold-out audiences in several Czech plays – from Vaclav Havel’s riveting “Protest” to the unintentionally hilarious communist propaganda play “Karhan’s Men.” Black Box Theater was profiled in feature articles in USA Today, International Herald Tribune, and numerous European publications.
Currently, Ms. Dougherty lives with her family in Charlottesville, VA, and has recently completed a series of thematically linked Cold War spy thrillers. She is represented by Josh Getzler of Hannigan Salky & Getzler
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