Where the land is larger-than-life
Alaska or Bust takes the reader on a sub-arctic journey, where the landscape is not only larger-than-life but where people live life on the edge – Giorgio, an Italian tourist cycling up the Alaska Highway, gets mauled by a bear; Chuck, a street-wise city dog, becomes lost in the wilds of Alaska; a vaudeville performer in Dawson City amuses her audiences with her unbelievably big nose.
Some of the stories are real, some of them are only partly real. With a wide spectrum of humorous and/or serious themes, Alaska or Bust puts you in the heart of a vast unspoiled, wilderness; it puts you in the heart of the Last Frontier.
Alaska or Bust
and Other Stories
Wave of Terror
A VIVID RECOUNTING OF SOVIET UPHEAVAL (back jacket)
This remarkable novel, hidden from the English-speaking world for more than 50 years, begins with the Red Army invasion of Belarus in 1939. Ivan Kulik has just become headmaster of School Number 7 in Hlaby, a rural village in the Pinsk Marshes. Through his eyes we witness the tragedy of Stalinist domination, where people are randomly deported to labor camps or tortured in Zovty Prison in the center of Pinsk.
Although Wave of Terror is based on Theodore Odrach’s first-hand knowledge of events, it is a literary achievement of the highest order, not a mere exposé of Soviet oppression. Alberto Manguel, editor of A History of Reading, says Odrach “has almost a journalistic eye for the story he wants to tell. I felt he was in the same league as Alexander Solzhenitsyn.”