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The Resource The invention of exile : a novel, Vanessa Manko

The invention of exile : a novel, Vanessa Manko

Label
The invention of exile : a novel
Title
The invention of exile
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Vanessa Manko
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Austin Voronkov is many things. He is an engineer, an inventor, an immigrant from Russia to Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1913, where he gets a job at a rifle factory. At the house where he rents a room, he falls in love with a woman named Julia, who becomes his wife and the mother to his two children. When Austin is wrongly accused of attending anarchist gatherings his limited grasp of English condemns him to his fate as a deportee; retreating with his family to his home in Russia, they become embroiled in the civil war and must flee once again, to Mexico. While Julia and the children are eventually able to return to the United States, Austin becomes indefinitely stranded in Mexico City because of the black mark on his record. He keeps a daily correspondence with Julia as they each exchange their hopes and fears for the future and as they struggle to remain a family across a distance of two countries. Austin becomes convinced that his engineering designs will be awarded patents, thereby paving the way for the government to approve his return and award his long sought-after American citizenship. At the same time he becomes convinced that an FBI agent working for the House Committee for Un-American Activities is monitoring his every move, with the intent of blocking any possible return to the United States. Austin's and Julia's struggles build to crisis and heartrending resolution in this dazzling, sweeping debut. The novel is based in part on Vanessa Manko's family history and a trove of hidden letters that serve as a kind of inheritance-letters from a grandfather she never knew. Manko uses this history as a jumping-off point for the novel, which deals with themes of exile and invention and explores how loss reshapes and transforms lives. It is a profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home"--
Summary
Wrongly accused of attending anarchist gatherings and deported to a war-torn early-20th-century Mexico, Russian immigrant Austin Voronkov maintains a daily correspondence with his wife in the United States while struggling against challenging political forces to reunite with his family.
Storyline
Tone
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10321642
Cataloging source
DLC
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Manko, Vanessa
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Russian Americans
  • Immigrants
  • Exile (Punishment)
  • Russian immigrants
  • Deportees
  • FICTION
Target audience
adult
Label
The invention of exile : a novel, Vanessa Manko
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn862149049
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
294 pages
Isbn
9781594205880
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013039958
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)862149049
Label
The invention of exile : a novel, Vanessa Manko
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn862149049
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
294 pages
Isbn
9781594205880
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013039958
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)862149049

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