In a Land Without Dogs the Cats Learn to Bark

In a Land Without Dogs the Cats Learn to Bark

Written by: Garfinkel, Jonathan

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In his energetic and darkly funny debut novel, Jonathan Garfinkel probes the fractured nature of identity, the necessity of lies, and the bloody legacy of the Soviet Empire.   

 

Moscow, 1975. Gary Ruckler begins classes at Moscow State University as part of the first American Fulbright program to the U.S.S.R. Here he befriends a group of local students and artists, including the enigmatic Aslan, whose mysterious disappearance into the Caucasus Mountains ensnares Gary in events beyond his understanding and control.   

 

Fifteen years later, Tamar and Davit struggle through the “lost” decade of the 1990s in Tbilisi, Georgia. Through three civil wars and a refugee crisis, the pair come of age in the underground arts scene. When Tamar meets Rachel Grabinsky, head of an international pro-democracy NGO, her life is changed forever.  

 

Following Rachel’s death in 2003, her son Joseph begins asking questions about a woman he thought he knew. Who was Rachel Grabinsky really? What was she doing in Georgia? And how was she connected to Gary Ruckler? 

In his energetic and darkly funny debut novel, Jonathan Garfinkel probes the fractured nature of identity, the necessity of lies, and the bloody legacy of the Soviet Empire.   

 

Moscow, 1975. Gary Ruckler begins classes at Moscow State University as part of the first American Fulbright program to the U.S.S.R. Here he befriends a group of local students and artists, including the enigmatic Aslan, whose mysterious disappearance into the Caucasus Mountains ensnares Gary in events beyond his understanding and control.   

 

Fifteen years later, Tamar and Davit struggle through the “lost” decade of the 1990s in Tbilisi, Georgia. Through three civil wars and a refugee crisis, the pair come of age in the underground arts scene. When Tamar meets Rachel Grabinsky, head of an international pro-democracy NGO, her life is changed forever.  

 

Following Rachel’s death in 2003, her son Joseph begins asking questions about a woman he thought he knew. Who was Rachel Grabinsky really? What was she doing in Georgia? And how was she connected to Gary Ruckler? 

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc — Feb 21, 2023
Specifications 424 pages | 5.25 in x 8 in
Written By

JONATHAN GARFINKEL is an award-winning playwright and author. His play, House of Many Tongues, was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, and The Trials of John Demjanjuk: A Holocaust Cabaret has been performed across Canada, Russia, Ukraine, and Germany. His memoir, Ambivalence: Crossing the Israel/Palestine Divide, has been published in numerous countries to wide critical acclaim, and his long-form nonfiction has appeared in The Walrus, Tablet, the Globe and Mail, and PEN International, as well as Cabin Fever: An Anthology of the Best New Canadian Non-Fiction. Named by the Toronto Star as “one to watch,” Garfinkel is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the field of Medical and Health Humanities at the University of Alberta, where he is writing a memoir about life with type 1 diabetes and the revolutionary open-source Loop artificial pancreas system. He lives in Berlin.

Written By

JONATHAN GARFINKEL is an award-winning playwright and author. His play, House of Many Tongues, was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, and The Trials of John Demjanjuk: A Holocaust Cabaret has been performed across Canada, Russia, Ukraine, and Germany. His memoir, Ambivalence: Crossing the Israel/Palestine Divide, has been published in numerous countries to wide critical acclaim, and his long-form nonfiction has appeared in The Walrus, Tablet, the Globe and Mail, and PEN International, as well as Cabin Fever: An Anthology of the Best New Canadian Non-Fiction. Named by the Toronto Star as “one to watch,” Garfinkel is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the field of Medical and Health Humanities at the University of Alberta, where he is writing a memoir about life with type 1 diabetes and the revolutionary open-source Loop artificial pancreas system. He lives in Berlin.