Publisher: Jo-An Books
Hard Cover, 320 pages
Available most anywhere books are sold
FABLES OF LOVE AND ART
“…His stories…can take you…from your everyday mind to a universe of meditative contemplation, a higher plane. These stories, like his paintings have about them a quality of mystery, of “extraordinary imagination”…as if his talented eyes see so much more than what our normal eyes can see. The stories grab the reader, compel the viewer, do not let you go. …Mervyn Rothstein, writer, The New York Times.
Here are 24 short stories in the book FABLES OF LOVE AND ART by Vladimir Aituganov. They are contemporary tales about love, art and artists, alternately, filled with pathos, humor, romance, sexuality, high adventure and echoes of political oppression. Some of these stories take you through what it was like to be an artist in Russia during the days of the iron curtain. In Let’s Die, Old Man and Poste Restante, his heroic characters find the suppression of creativity and freedom unbearable, yet they stand up to their beliefs, despite the physical and mental abuse. There are many surprises. The first story Beast, is set in New York City and is both sophisticated and heart wrenching as it carries you to its shocking ending. Woman and her Death turns out to be hilariously funny. Aituganov’s imagination also takes us to visit some of the great artists of the past, like Leonardo D’Vinci and Pagannini, as he spins the tales with original twists about their art and romantic aspirations. Aituganov is a superb story teller. These stories will give you unusually penetrating and rare insights into the heart, soul and mind of an artist which ranges from macho to sublime tenderness.