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  • Published: 15 March 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784704520
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

Monsieur Ka


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An entrancing portrait of love in exile, with a twist.

'A beautiful haunting novel… looking at a familiar London through a frosty, snowy lens. Wonderful' Caryl Phillips

The London winter of 1947 is as cold as St Petersburg during the Revolution. Albertine, the wife of a British army officer often abroad on covert government business, finds herself increasingly lonely. Eager to distract herself with work, she takes a job as companion to the mysterious 'Monsieur Ka', a Russian émigré. As she is drawn into Ka’s dramatic past, her own life is shaken to its foundations. For in this family of former princes, there are present temptations which could profoundly affect her future.

  • Pub date: 15 March 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784704520
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Vesna Goldsworthy

Vesna Goldsworthy was born in Belgrade in 1961 and has lived in London since 1986. She writes in English, her third language. Her books include an internationally bestselling memoir, Chernobyl Strawberries, and a novel, Gorsky. A former BBC World Service journalist, she is currently professor in creative writing at the University of Exeter and at UEA.

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Praise for Monsieur Ka

“Goldsworthy is an elegant writer, skilful at building atmosphere. Her fiction-within-fiction device is clever and intriguing ... the novel could hardly seem more of the moment”

Rose Wild, The Times

“It often takes an emigre to describe a country most clearly, and Goldsworthy, who was born in Belgrade but has lived in London for 30 years, is proving a most accomplished poet of her adopted city ... A delight”

Claire Allfree, Daily Mail

“In all three of her books, Goldsworthy has displayed a gift for creating atmosphere ... One of Goldsworthy’s strengths is the sensitivity with which she portrays the many marriages in the book ... Much of the pleasure of reading this remarkable novel comes from its passionate dedication to the power of stories.”

Lara Feigel, The Guardian

“In this subtle, intelligent novel, Albertine's narration of events in 1947, as her own story begins to carry reminders of Tolstoy's, proves poignant and effective”

Nick Rennison, The Sunday Times

“A beautiful haunting novel… looking at a familiar London through a frosty, snowy lens. Wonderful”

Caryl Phillips

“A wonderful novel, entirely original, and entirely absorbing… The atmosphere she creates is exceptional”

Carmen Callil

“Goldsworthy enjoys playing with the classics, and she's good at it”

Ysenda Maxtone Graham, The Oldie

“Mournful and evocative… It makes for compelling reading.”

Book Oxygen, Elsbeth Lindner

“Evocative and affecting”

Rabeea Saleem, BookRiot


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