The Banner of the Passing Clouds

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The extraordinary narrator of The Banner of the Passing Clouds is born on the day Stalin dies and is given his name - Iosif Dzhugashvili - by a hospital official. He becomes convinced that Stalin, freed from the constraints of an old and finished body, has found a new dwelling place within his chest, behind his heart: a burden he both welcomes and fears. In Iosif, Anthea Nicholson has created a unique and intriguing character: a victim of the Soviet Georgian regime which infiltrates his inner life, who is also complicit in its ideology and practices. Only when Iosif unwittingly destroys his family's happiness is he forced to question his convictions and begin on the path to redemption.

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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.

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A startling debut... Andrea Nicholson has created a weird and compelling voice that somehow manages to be by turns unsettling, wise and pierced with regret. Nicholson's writing is psychologically astute, and intense with insight. --Guardian

This is a surprising, inventive, first novel. --The Lady

Supple, rhythmic and deeply funny. --Ivan Juritz, Literary Review

'A dreamlike debut novel' --Sunday Telegraph

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