Hurry, hurry, hurry.
Hurry folks and enter this tent!
In here, you will behold an amazing sight!
An amazing sight, indeed!
Something that will astound you!
Meet Alex and Alex, the conjoined twins...
Oil on Canvas
by Dmitry Zlotsky
illustrated by Olga Zlotsky
Just released: April 2010
Description from NetGalley:
Alex & Alex are mischievous and opinionated conjoined twins. Their life-full of double entendre, of duality and duplicity-is ruled by the prefixes bi and di.
‘Is it short for Alexei and Alexander?' we usually hear after the introductions.
‘No and no!' each of us denies emphatically.
Their youth is spent pursuing Love (L'ubasha), Hope (Nad'usha), and finally Faith (Vera). Budding artists-or so they believe-they steal a painting from the State Art Collection. They hide, then flee Russia in an ongoing quest for the doctor who can "single out our anatomical antinomy."
Meanwhile, Sophie and her husband Fodor, a doctor and art collector, travel to Moscow to adopt Fairy/Faith, a silent little girl. Fairy, who has the rare medical condition of a double heart, is also an artist, drawing always with two pencils, always in double lines that resemble one face hiding behind another.
And while Alex & Alex become convinced that Fodor is the doctor of their dreams, it is Fairy who in her heart-her hearts-holds the answer for the twins: a future of love and life, two futures, divisible, divided, and touched with the ecstasy of loneliness.
A criminal caper entwined with a poignant international adoption story, Monster: Oil on Canvas will delight fans of fabulist comedy with its presentation, in contrasts of nightmarish and loving, tragic and hilarious, of the grand delusion in which we all live. Fifteen black-and-white drawings by Olga Zlotsky, a New York-based illustrator, art instructor and fashion designer, enhance the emotional intensity of the multiple story lines.
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* image source from the Strangeling