Ludmila's Broken English

Ludmila's Broken English

by D B C Pierre (Author)

Synopsis

DBC Pierre's second novel charts the unlikely meeting between East and West that follows Ludmila Derev's appearance on a Russian brides website. Determined to save her family from starvation in the face of marauding Gnez troops, Ludmila's journey into the world and womanhood is an odyssey of sour wit, even sourer vodka, and a Soviet tractor probably running on goat's piss. Thousands of miles to the West, the Heath twins are separated after 33 years conjoined at the abdomen. Released for the first time from an institution rumoured to have been founded for an illegitimate child of Charles II, they are suddenly plunged into a round-the-clock world churning with opportunity, rowdy with the chatter of freedom, democracy, self-empowerment and sex. A wild and raucous picaresque dripping with flavours of British bacon and nasty Russian vodka, Ludmila's "Broken English" is a tale of tango-ing twins on a journey into the unknown. A ride so outrageously improbable it just may happen, DBC Pierre's second novel confirms his place in the ranks of today's most original storytellers.

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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 318
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Published: 02 Mar 2006

ISBN 10: 0571215181
ISBN 13: 9780571215188
Book Overview: Ludmila's Broken English by DBC Pierre: On a Tuesday in terror-struck London, Blair and Bunny Heath became the first adult conjoined twins ever successfully separated. On a Tuesday in the war-torn Caucasus, Ludmila Derev killed her grandfather. By the 11th of December, they had something very much in common. Enter a snakes-and-ladders world of liberal and conservative high jinks in this dark tale of desire, bullets, globalisation, and the full English breakfast.

Author Bio
DBC Pierre won the MAN Booker Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Bolinger Everyman Wodehouse Award for Comic Writing in 2003. Ludmila's Broken English is his second novel. He lives in County Leitrim, Ireland.