Anthony Marra's 'The Tsar of Love and Techno' Illuminates a Tumultuous Russian History

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 (Smeeta Mahanti)

A propagandist who airbrushes out the faces of Stalin's enemies from photos; a disgraced ballerina exiled to a Siberian wasteland; a tourist agent struggling to sell post-war Grozny as "the Dubai of the Caucasus," these are of some of the characters in Anthony Marra's new collection of stories, "The Tsar of Love and Techno." The Bay Area author joins us to talk about his book of interconnected tales, how he weaves humor with tragedy and his enduring fascination with Russia.


Anthony Marra, author, "The Tsar of Love and Techno" and "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena"