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Xstabeth is a magical-realist novel narrated by a young Russian girl torn between the love of her father and her father’s best friend. Set between Moscow, Russia, and St Andrews, Scotland, it tackles the metaphysics of golf, the mindset of the classic Russian novels, and the power of art and music to rewrite reality, as Aneliya comes into contact with an angelic presence named Xstabeth who simultaneously fulfils, and disappears, both her father and her lover. Written in a tender, mythical key, it is a love letter to the books of Chandler, Nabokov and Dostoevsky and also a musical text, with chord progressions appearing at key points in the action, so that the book may be sung, played, or otherwise accompanied. It builds on the female voices first radicalised in Keenan’s award-winning debut novel, This is Memorial Device.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 12th November 2020

Price: £19.99

ISBN-13: 9781474617086


Prepare for more of that inimitable Keenan narrative voodoo brilliance. In Xstabeth it'll give you a special and magickal alchemy of metaphysics, singer-songwriters and golf, angelic entities, memory and grace. What a thrill to take this remarkable trip to St Andrews and Russia, in the arms of music and synchronicity
Wendy Erskine
I sometimes think David Keenan dreams aloud. His prose has the effortless, enigmatic , unsettling quality of dream. In Xstabeth, as with For the Good Times, the narrative shuttles between episodes of nearness and chasm ... Reading it feels like being cut open to the accompanying sound of ecstatic music
Edna O'Brien