Hudson, NY (PRWEB) February 03, 2013
The journey of Vladimir Daniilovich Myukis took from the city of Novogroduk in what is now Belarus to Brooklyn, New York, was the result of several life-altering episodes. These episodes, however, occupied only a small fraction of the 24,642 days of his life. Many of these life altering experiences are subtle and hard to define as is true in real life.
Selected Episodes Relating to the Life of Vladimir Daniilovich Myukis, Deceased written by Daniel Marcus is a satirical/historical novel of the life of a fictional Soviet era artist, Vladimir Daniilovich Myukis, from his early years in Belarus to his death in Brooklyn, New York. During most of his working life, Myukis was employed by the KGB creating advertising and propaganda posters, and forging signatures on KGB agents’ passports at a fictional secret KGB facility. Although he created several thousand works of art, only four survive. The rest were either lost or destroyed.
In real time, the plot takes place during a forty-eight-hour period. During that time, Myukis experienced no life-altering event. The rest of this biography consists of various episodes from his past. These are presented randomly rather than linearly. This randomness mirrors the randomness of life where chance coincidence often leads to unexpected events.
In this book, Myukis encounters various characters both in the USSR and the USA. The reader will undoubtedly have encountered of these types.
Selected Episodes Relating to the Life of Vladimir Daniilovich Myukis, Deceased contains 25 illustrations. Marcus did all the art work except for the reproduction of Joshua Reynolds self portrait, a 1920s Soviet era political poster, and an illustration done by Cathy A. Morris. There is also some Russian in Cyrillic script which he has translated, often in a foot note.
The short novel satirizes the artwork of various artists and institutions within the USSR and the US during the latter part of the twentieth century. Although a work of fiction, many of the historical references were true. As a whole, Daniel Marcus’s satirical work on Vladimir Daniilovich Myukis’s life is truly one enjoyable and entertaining read.
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About the Author
Daniel Marcus is retired and lives in upstate New York. During his working life, he worked as a commercial photographer, teacher, and was involved in various theater productions. Mr. Marcus graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA degree in 1961 and settled in Westchester County, New York with his family. The proud father of four grown children and four grandchildren, he now has the time to devote to writing, painting, and working with various local theater groups. This work is Mr. Marcus’s first attempt to publish since the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Selected Episodes Relating to the LIfe of Vladimir Daniilovich Myukis, Deceased * by Daniel Marcus
Publication Date: October 30, 2012
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