The Banner of the Passing Clouds | Granta

  • Published: 03/04/2014
  • ISBN: 9781847087430
  • 129x20mm
  • 304 pages

The Banner of the Passing Clouds

Anthea Nicholson

Iosif Dzhugashvili is born on the day Stalin dies and is given his name by a zealous hospital official. Young Iosif grows up haunted by his great namesake, convinced that the dictator has found a new dwelling place within his chest, behind his heart. But when Iosif unwittingly destroys his family’s happiness he is forced to question his lifelong loyalties to Stalin’s ghost.

The Banner of the Passing Clouds is marked by an almost uncanny insight into its historical time and place. All is rendered with poignant clarity. There is a deep and hard-won compassion at work in this book, a compassion that is a kind of wisdom

Anne Michaels, author, Fugitive Pieces

A tale that suggests how naked we are when the mighty ideologies around us fall... manages to be at once epic and claustrophobic, and, above all, entrancing

Samantha Harvey, author, Wilderness

[A] startling debut... Nicholson has created a weird and compelling voice that somehow manages to be by turns unsettling, wise and pierced with regret... A passionate humanism simmers between the lines... Psychologically astute, and intense with insight

Kapka Kassabova, Guardian

The Author

Anthea Nicholson is a writer and visual artist who lives between England and Tbilisi in Georgia. She gained an MA with distinction in creative writing at Bath Spa University, 2005 and following that she was writer in residence for a year at Batworthy Farm on Dartmoor. The Banner of the Passing Clouds is her first novel.

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