Nominated by:

Stedelijke Openbare Bibliotheek Gent, Belgium

Publisher of nominated edition:

Atlantic Books, UK

Snowdrops

A. D. Miller    

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011, Snowdrops is the debut of 2011:  A stunning novel of moral ambiguity, uncertainty and corruption in Moscow.

Snowdrops assaults all your senses with its power and poetry, and leaves you stunned and addicted’ Independent

Snowdrops. That’s what the Russians call them – the bodies that float up into the light in the thaw. Drunks, most of them, and homeless people who just give up and lie down into the whiteness, and murder victims hidden in the drifts by their killers.

Nick has a confession. When he worked as a high-flying British lawyer in Moscow, he was seduced by Masha, an enigmatic woman who led him through her city: the electric nightclubs and intimate dachas, the human kindnesses and state-wide corruption. Yet as Nick fell for Masha, he found that he fell away from himself; he knew that she was dangerous, but life in Russia was addictive, and it was too easy to bury secrets – and corpses – in the winter snows…

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Born in London in 1974, A D Miller studied literature at Cambridge and Princeton. He worked as a television producer before joining the The Economist. From 2004 to 2007 he was the magazine’s Moscow correspondent, travelling widely across Russia and the former Soviet Union. He is the author of the acclaimed family history The Earl of Petticoat Lane (Heinemann, 2006). Snowdrops is his first novel. He lives in London with his wife and children.

Librarian’s Comments

An English lawyer who works in Moscow gets involved with a Russian girl. This crime story describes to the point the corrupt and decadent Russian underworld.

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