Books: The Blumkin Project, Heritage Two New Titles from Other Press

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

The Blumkin Project and Heritage, recently released from Other Press Publishing, each tell the stories of passion journeys as the authors conquer insurmountable circumstances fueled by desire for a better life for themselves and their families.


The Blumkin Project: A Biographical Novel, writer and researcher Christian Salmon looks to his own background as a would-be Bolshevik in 1980s Paris to recount the epic story of Yakov Blumkin, a revolutionary figure from the early twentieth century.


Playing Under The Piano Book Review – Light Hearted and Funny Memoir

Drawing on the conventions of both autofiction and biography, The Blumkin Project illustrates the life and times of an elusive legend of the October Revolution. Told with the rapid pace of a spy novel, it will appeal to fans of John le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and the TV series The Americans.

Using a trunk containing Bolshevik paraphernalia and literature as a framing device, Salmon invites readers to travel back to Eastern Europe at the turn of the century and investigate the enduring mystery and legacy of Yakov Blumkin.

Born in Ukraine to an impoverished Jewish family and orphaned at a young age, Blumkin was alleged to have had nine lives. From socialist revolutionary to avant-garde poet to assassin of the German ambassador Wilhelm von Mirbach, he bore many titles and identities over the course of his short life. Although Blumkin's exact birthdate is unknown and subject to debate, it's estimated he lived from 1900 to 1929, when he was executed under orders from Stalin.

With the aid of manuscripts, documents, rare photographs, and personal souvenirs, Salmon paints a compelling portrait of Blumkin, and more broadly, of the October Revolution. Necessary reading for scholars of Russian history and anyone interested in learning more about a once-forgotten figure, The Blumkin Project is a thrilling endeavor from start to finish.

Extraordinary Women with Cameras Book Review – Engaging, Informative, Educational, Fun

About the author: Christian Salmon is a writer and researcher at France's National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). He founded and was a member of the International Writers' Parliament from 1993 to 2003. He is the author of several books, including Verbicide, Devenir minoritaire: Pour une nouvelle politique de la littérature (coauthored with Joseph Hanimann), and Tombeau de la fiction.

About the translator: William Rodarmor has translated some forty-five books and screenplays in genres ranging from literary fiction to espionage and fantasy. In 2017 he won the Northern California Book Award for fiction translation for The Slow Waltz of Turtles by Katherine Pancol. His recent translations include And Their Children After Them by Nicolas Mathieu (2020) and Article 353 by Tanguy Viel (2019).

Title: The Blumkin Project.

Release Date: September 27, 2022.

Pages: 336.

Size: 6x9 in.

Binding: Paperback.

ISBN: 978-1-59051-154-1

Genre: Biographical.

MSRP: $17.99.


Heritage - A Compelling Journey of Love, Life and Wine

Heritage, a novel, brings to the pages a romantic journey of wine making in the Chilean countryside, with grit, and a determination to change his life, and his family, he preserves through nature's rejection until his single vine grows.

Heritage: A Novel by award-winning French author Miguel Bonnefoy is a multigenerational saga infused with elements of magical realism.

Book Review: Filthy Rich Lawyers: The Education of Ryan Coleman – A Must Read

Told in the vein of Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits, with the historic scope of Maggie Shipstead's Great Circle, HERITAGE tells the story of the Lonsoniers, a family that emigrates in the late 19th century from France's Jura region to the Americas in the wake of a blighted grape crop.

Landing in Santiago, Chile, and possessing a single grape vine and little else, the Lonsonier patriarch makes a new life for himself that will have a rippling effect on generations to come. His son, Lazare, fights for the French in World War I, but is forced to betray an old friend in the heat of the trenches. Returning home wounded in body and soul, he is revived by his love for a fellow Franco-Chilean, the enchanting Thérèse, who has a special affinity with birds.

They marry and construct an ornate aviary that later inspires their daughter, Margot, to become a pilot at a time when only the most daring women took to the skies. Margot in turn raises her son, Ilario Da, at the Lonsonier manse, where she watches him grow into a bold revolutionary. Intersecting these characters' lives are chance encounters with figures including a kindly but mysterious Mapuche healer; the ghost of a soldier; the descendants of a Ukrainian rabbinic dynasty; and a beloved trumpet player.

At once epic and intimate, Heritage spans the course of nearly a hundred years, brilliantly weaving major historical events, from the World Wars to the dictatorship of Chilean general Augusto Pinochet, with traces of the supernatural. Through writing that shimmers with poetic language and a vivid sense of place, Bonnefoy has crafted an exquisite tale of longing—for a lost homeland, for solace in precarious times, for moral certitude—and belonging that resonates in our own uncertain epoch.

The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook Review – A Tome of Bewitching Treats

Title: Heritage.

Release Date: May 31, 2022.

Pages: 149.

Size: 5x8 in.

Binding: Paperback.

ISBN: 978-1-63542-182-8.

Genre: Fiction.

MSRP: $15.99.

Haute Tease

  • The English Teacher Review – It Was the Best of Times; It Was the Worst of Times

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The English Teacher,” the comedy/drama from Inferno Entertainment and Artina Films Production, brings to the screen a charming dark tale of love, romance, fleeting passions, and literature.

  • Victoria & Abdul Review – Dame Judi Dench and Company Present Perfection

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Victoria & Abdul, from Focus Features and Working Title Films, presents a little known season in Queen Victoria’s reign when she challenged and angered those around her by learning, living and loving and refusing to go quietly into the night.

  • President of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Offers Don’ts and Dos on Coronavirus

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    As the coronavirus becomes embedded in our psyche with a new revelation countering previous knowledge each day, knowing a few do's and don't may be just what the doctor ordered to collectively calm nerves and gain insight.

  • A Conversation With Natalie Portman Added To AFI Fest 2018 Presented By Audi

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The American Film Institute (AFI) announced a Conversation with Natalie Portman has been added to AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi. Honoring the actor’s career, the Conversation will take place Friday, November 9, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.  

  • Women Texas Film Festival Announces Award Winners For 5th Edition

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Women Texas Film Festival announced the award winners for the 5th edition with Larissa Lam's documentary FAR EAST DEEP SOUTH winning Best Feature Film and Olivia Peace winning the WTxFF's Best Director Leader Award for TAHARA.  

  • DJ Caruso Talks Standing Up

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    DJ Caruso, director of the “Standing Up” from ARC Entertainment, recently took time from his busy schedule to sit down for an interview to discuss the challenges of making the coming of age family film.