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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Nameless Land by Lazlo Rappaport


The Nameless Land
Author: Lazlo Rappaport
Genre: Adult Mythology 

Book Description:
Desperate to free herself of the dream fox residing in her womb, Anastasia travels off to the shores of the Red Sea and strikes a deal with Lilith: If Anastasia will fashion three mirrors for the primordial witch, so the sorceress will exorcise the evil spirit.

A poetic parable of the modern woman, the riddle of love, and the question of meaning in a seemingly-godless world.


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EXCERPT

Anastasia turned upon her side, and soon she lost herself in a dream—a memory of the night journey to Arkhangelsk, a memory of that very moment the engineer applied the brake.

Once the train had stopped altogether, the young Anastasia suddenly felt the absence of any soothing vibrations. In addition, she intuited a most ineffable presence standing outside the cabin door. When she opened it just a crack, she found herself face to face with a bald-headed girl dressed in a snug fur coat boasting a silvery diadem-spider brooch pinned to the lapel. “Are you a daughter of Lilith?”

“A daughter of Lilith? No, I’m a ghost. My name’s Svetlana.” As the bald-headed girl spoke, the silvery brooch turned the color of corroded high-tin bronze.

Anastasia glanced over at Mother where she lay snoring very softly in her bed and then turned back. “What do you want?”

The ghost girl did not answer. Her delicate bare feet perfectly silent against the floorboards, she walked off down the passageway.

“Come back here!”

“No, you follow me!” Swiftly the ghost girl continued to the end of the sleeping car, vanishing through the door.

With trembling heart, Anastasia continued down one car after another until she reached the caboose where she joined the ghost girl outside upon the landing.

What a fine Arctic summer. The midnight sun bathed the tundra in a soft-orange haze, and the wildflowers emitted a sweet scent not unlike that of freshly-baked Belorussian honey cake.

The ghost girl reached into her coat pocket, removed a little wooden flute, and performed the tune to Mussorgsky’s “Hebrew Song.” Afterward she turned to Anastasia and poked her right arm with the foot end. “Do you know why the train stops here? If you were to ask the conductor, he’d tell you that we stop here so that we don’t collide with one of the trains out of Finland. But that’s not so. In truth the train stops here only because the Arctic fox compels the train to stop here, for this would be the place where the Arctic fox prefers to climb aboard and prey upon some hapless little girl. Just like he preyed upon me last summer.”

Anastasia pointed at the railway tracks. “Look around!” she blurted out. “There’s no Arctic fox anywhere! You’re a daughter of Lilith, that’s what you are! You’ve come to deceive me and—”

“No, he’s here. It’s just that he’s rendered himself invisible.” The train lurched forward, and the ghost girl smiled. “You’re lucky. But I doubt that you should be lucky a second time, so whatever you do, you should not come back this way.”

“But we must come back this way. Back at the House of FabergĂ©, the bookkeeper and everyone else, they’re waiting for Mama to bring them a box of volcanic glass.”

The train’s steam trumpet bellowed out its deafening wail, and back in Sinai, Anastasia awoke to find that the fire had almost died out.

She sat up some and thought of the dream, the heretofore repressed memory. How could I forget all that? She thought of her childhood in Russia and sought to recall the precise moment when the invisible fox spirit would have slipped inside her womb.






About the Author
Lazlo Rappaport is the pseudonym of a very reclusive author from Ohio. He wrote the original draft of The Nameless Land while night-clerking at a series of Palestinian youth hostels in the Old City of Jerusalem, 1996-1999. Under his proper birth name, he holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College.



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31 comments:

  1. Beautiful cover! Can't wait to read this!

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  2. The photo of the soldiers is hauntingly beautiful.

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  3. I love the cover, very eye catching.

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  4. The book description and excerpt sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover too.

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  5. It sounds like an interesting story.

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  6. The cover is amazing. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance x

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  7. Sounds like a very interesting book, thanks for sharing :)

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  8. love the cover, the excerpt sounds great thanks

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  9. The Nameless Land sounds like a good read, thank you.

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  10. I liked both the excerpt, and the book cover.

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  11. This is a gorgeous cover! The description sounds fabulous! I can't wait to read it.

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  12. Sounds very much like a fairy tale; enchanting!

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  13. Sounds like an intriguing read. The book cover is beautiful.

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  14. This sounds like a magical book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  15. I would love to read this and add to my bookcase space. Thanks.

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  16. I love the cover, the colors are eye-catching!

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  17. The book sounds amazing and I love the title.

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  18. Sounds like a very interesting read. Thanks for the amazing giveaway chance.

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  19. Looks like a really interesting story. I look forward to reading this.

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  20. Different reading, and I would love the $100 so close to Christmas

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  21. A young girl against a witch, sorceress, and ghosts, I bet it's exciting.

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  22. The excerpt is very intriguing. I look forward to reading this.

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  23. Enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the review and also for the giveaway

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  24. Thank you for this awesome giveaway.

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  25. This sounds very interesting. Thanks for hosting.

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  26. A poetic parable of the modern woman, the riddle of love? I'm intrigued. :) The cover is stunning

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  27. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    The book looks amazing!

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  28. I really like the cover of the book, it looks amazing

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