Who Is Martha? by Marjana Gaponenko audiobook

Who Is Martha?

By Marjana Gaponenko
Read by Allan Robertson

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In this rollicking novel, ninety-six-year-old ornithologist Luka Levadski foregoes treatment for lung cancer and moves from Ukraine to Vienna to make a grand exit in a luxury suite at the Hotel Imperial. He reflects on his past while indulging in Viennese cakes and savoring music in a gilded concert hall. Levadski was born in 1914, the same year that Martha—the last of the now-extinct passenger pigeons—died. Levadski himself has an acute sense of being the last of a species. He may have devoted much of his existence to studying birds, but now he befriends a hotel butler and another elderly guest, who also doesn’t have much time left, to share in the lively escapades of his final days. This gloriously written tale, in which Levadski feels “his heart pounding at the portals of his brain,” mixes piquant wit with lofty musings about life, friendship, aging and death.

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Summary

Summary

In this rollicking novel, ninety-six-year-old ornithologist Luka Levadski foregoes treatment for lung cancer and moves from Ukraine to Vienna to make a grand exit in a luxury suite at the Hotel Imperial. He reflects on his past while indulging in Viennese cakes and savoring music in a gilded concert hall.

Levadski was born in 1914, the same year that Martha—the last of the now-extinct passenger pigeons—died. Levadski himself has an acute sense of being the last of a species. He may have devoted much of his existence to studying birds, but now he befriends a hotel butler and another elderly guest, who also doesn’t have much time left, to share in the lively escapades of his final days.

This gloriously written tale, in which Levadski feels “his heart pounding at the portals of his brain,” mixes piquant wit with lofty musings about life, friendship, aging and death.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Hilarious, beautiful and compassionate … exquisitely rendered.” World Literature Today
“A sweet, sad, sunny meditation on birds and music and the gentle approach of death.” John Rockwell, former New York Times arts critic
“With layers of inventive language, vividly drawn characters, history, music, birds, love, loneliness, and wisdom, this is a brilliant book, rich and satisfying as a Viennese torte.” Sy Montgomery, author of Birdology

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Author

Author Bio: Marjana Gaponenko

Author Bio: Marjana Gaponenko

Marjana Gaponenko was born in 1981 in Odessa, Ukraine. She fell in love with the German language as a young girl, and began writing in German when she was sixteen. After spending time in Crakow and Dublin, she now lives in Mainz and Vienna. Gaponenko won the 2013 Adelbert von Chamisso Prize for Who is Martha?

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 7.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English