USSA: The Past is Another Country
By Peter Wludyka
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ISBN13 Hardcover: 978-1-4535-3663-6
ISBN13 Softcover: 978-1-4535-3662-9
ISBN13 eBook: 978-1-4535-3664-3
USSA: The Past is Another Country is about what might have been as seen through the eyes of 17 year old Alex Nurov, son of a prominent Russian father and a beautiful American mother. Growing up on a barrier island near Charleston, S.C., Alex has to deal with his dual ancestry in a world in which Russian snobbery views Americans as lazy and parasitic. Alex’s unquestioning view of the world gradually unravels when he discovers something he calls The Book. He soon realizes this is not one of the mysteries he loves to read—it is the lunatic ravings of Father Piotr Babulieski who presents an entirely different and dangerous history of the Great Uprising that produced socialist America. And who is this Jesus Christ? A general?
USSA: The Past is Another Country takes place in vividly described locales in coastal South Carolina and the mountains of North Carolina. Near Charleston, the Nurov family lives on a barrier island on which Alex and his beautiful, enigmatic mother swim and share long walks. On the island’s northern end is a huge dune—the tops of giant oaks rise from it like the green plume from an extinct volcano—which is 17 year old Alex’s secret place where he reads his mysteries and daydreams far from the prying eyes of student block commander Gregorov.
Alex attends school in the old city of Charleston which is used by Alex’s history teacher Brownsky as “the” example of pre Great Uprising America in which the decadent rich exploited the workers and slaves whose toil was converted into luxurious homes for a handful of capitalists.
Near the Nurov’s mountain house Alex’s discovers what he calls The Book. Alex’s knows he should turn The Book over to his father. Or at least destroy it. Instead this discovery turns Alex into one of the detectives he admires, drawing him into a dangerous quest to prove that The Book is full of lies—or that everything he has been taught is a lie.
There are three women in Alex’s life—
Alex’s American mother envisions a great future for her son and expects him to pursue the destiny she has earned for him through marriage. She is willing to use her beauty and almost mystical charm to make sure her hopes cometo fruition.
Alex is infatuated with a fellow student, the athletic and gorgeous Martina Antipova, a true Russian and the epitome of socialist womanhood. Dedicated, unquestioning and intelligent she is certainly the right choice.
While Alex’s curiosity about The Book grows, he encounters Celeste, a wispy young American woman. Easy and indifferent to the strict morality that governs Martina Antipova, she introduces Alex to the seamy underbelly of old Charleston and more…
Praise for The Past is Another Country:
“Its strange luminosities are profound…a contribution to the contemporary literature of apocalypse.” —Christian Science Monitor
“Risk taking…passionate…authentic…deeply imagined.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This story is told not only well, but well nigh beautifully…one of those rare birds: a creative work that is also an important work.” —San Jose Mercury News
“An incandescent first novel.”—Washington Post
“A finely detailed futuristic fantasy”—Chicago Tribune
USSR or USSA - Conservative Monitor
About the Author:
At the time The Past is Another Country was written Peter Wludyka lived on a barrier island near Charleston, S.C., where The Past is takes place. He is currently a professor of Statistics at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida where he lives with his wife, their dog Foxy and three cats. His futuristic novel The Myth of Death was published in 2005. He is currently at work on another novel.