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Henry Landa Tells About Life in the Former Soviet Union in His Novel "Emil Bontash - the Soviet Chronicle"

Mountain View, CA, September 18, 2007 --( Henry Landa, describing the life of his hero, Emil Bontash, reveals step-by-step the strange nature of the Soviet world in the second half of the twentieth century. Landa shows the struggles of this man trying to maintain his idealistic beliefs in an often hostile environment. Emil finds himself continually swimming against the current. How does he succeed in work, friendship and love, while surrounded by senselessness, mercenaries and hypocrisy?

This novel deals with Emil's life in two parts. The first is titled, ironically, “The Diary of the Careless Youth,” and covers the time period from 1947 to 1954. It comprises seven notebooks written by Emil during his studies in high school and technical university, and his work as a young engineer. Emil has to overcome many problems, both professionally and personally.

“The Glance from the Height” covers the years 1954 through 1989. This second part further explores Emil’s life, while presenting separate stories about the surrounding world. These separate stories help illuminate the mysteries and miracles of human relations and human behavior. All the circumstances in Emil's life can be seen leading him toward emigration.

“Emil Bontash – the Soviet Chronicle,” contains 339 pages. It can be ordered through print-on-demand publisher "Lulu." (Visit and search for Bontash). It is available as a paperback book or can be downloaded directly to your computer in pdf format (3572 KB).

About the Author
Henry Landa graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic Institute (Ukraine), and earned a Ph.D. in machine tools (Moscow). He has lived in the United States since 1989. During his 50+ years of engineering experience, he has written more than 40 scientific publications. This is his first book. It was originally published in Russian by Patsons Press, under the title “Bontash” (2001).

About Lulu
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