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The Commissariat of Enlightenment
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ken kalfus is the author of a novel, The Commissariat of Enlightenment, and the short story collections Thirst, which won the Salon Book Award, and Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

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"Inventive, unusual, humorous, ... deeply intelligent, The Commissariat of Enlightenment beautifully illuminates the hazardous powers of image, icon, and relic." -- Andrea Barrett"Brilliant ... Inventive ... Gogol is probably tearing his hair out, wishing he'd dreamed this up." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"Kalfus is an ironist in the best late-modern Central European style: wry, humane, precise, and beautifully smitten with ideas." -- Jonathan Franzen"Unforgettable...the story exhibits all the vigorous intelligence and vision readers have come to expect from Kalfus." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Glitteringly original. . . . An intricate, harrowing, and, yes, dangerous first novel that sets out to capture the dawn of the 20th century in Bolshevik Russia." -- Esquire"Kalfus's book is absorbing, intelligent, witty and wry...A fable that tells the story of the 20th century." -- London Times

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