'ORCHIDIA' A NEW NOVEL BY ALEXANDER MOTYL

16.09.12


Select an image...Motyl’s latest work of fiction is a lighthearted novella that explores nothing less than memory, time, history, death, faith, and meaning. It features two talkative characters who take a serious walk through an imaginary Lower East Side in Manhattan. Their conversations give meaning to a seemingly meaningless world in which The Orchidia, a once-famous but now-defunct Ukrainian-Italian restaurant on 9th Street and 2nd Avenue, is the only beacon of hope.

 

My Orchidia is a wonderfully urbane urban fantasia. Two people walk the East Village neighborhood that was once the bustling center of New York’s Little Ukraine. On their way to the long-closed and much-lamented restaurant The Orchidia, they discuss the ideal dumpling. The talk is wide-ranging, fantastic and unhinged, in post-modern fiction that happily confuses geo-politics with nostalgia and conflates history with wishes, dreams, and lies.

 

Judith Baumel, poet, critic, and translator; blogs at www.judithbaumel.com

 

The book is available to buy at Itasca books.



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