273 pages. Forty reviews, thirty-four of them four stars and above.
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Amazon reviewer Aleksandra Nita-Lazar says:
Marc Fitten managed to capture the ordinary life in an Eastern European village just after the transition of the 1990s., depicting the opportunities (readily caught by some, especially the younger generation) and doubts, old habits and new ideas. The novel's background is excellent, the plot frivolous, the humor, although not the most subtle, irresistible. Although the author would like to be likened to Milan Kundera (whom he quotes for the novel's motto), Italo Calvino and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I am afraid this debut is somewhat of a lighter caliber, reading like a traditional fairy tale, lacking the philosophical depth behind the satire, so prominent in Kundera's novels. I would compare it to Jeanne Harris's "Chocolat" - one could easily envision equally charming film based on "Valeria's Last Stand". I enjoyed reading this book, laughing inwardly most of the time.
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