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The Unreliable People

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Is all love doomed under a heartless regime?

Antonina is a student at the prestigious Academy of Art in St Petersburg. At times, though, she feels she might be a better fit at the Centre of Nonconformist Art across town. She knows she stands out as different, being neither Russian, Korean nor Kazakh — and yet she embodies all three. She is Koryo-saram: a descendant of the exiled population that Stalin labelled the Unreliable People. But what does that mean? And who was the strange, elegant woman who came to the window when Antonina was a young child? And why did she entice Antonina to climb out and go on a long train journey through Kazakhstan?

This is a compelling story where love and loss intersect unexpectedly with a Korean fable about a crow king and a rice farmer’s wife.

The Unreliable People

by Rosetta Allan

Penguin

ISBN: 9780143773573

Published: May 2019

Format: Paperback, 352 pages

Rosetta Allan

Rosetta Allan is an Auckland-based writer and graduate of the Master of Creative Writing Programme, University of Auckland, who grew up in Hawke's Bay. Her first poetry collection, Little Rock, was released in 2007, and her second volume, Over lunch, in 2010. Her poetry has appeared in publications and anthologies in New Zealand, Australia and the USA, and in online literary journals. Rosetta's first novel, Purgatory, is based on the Otahuhu murders of 1865.