By Svetlana Lavochkina




A night and a day away from Moscow by express train, or a day and a night away from the Black Sea by a slow passenger train, the city of Zaporozhye inextricably see-saws between the south and the north, the sublime and the surreal, and the ancient and modern worlds. Shortlisted for the Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize, Svetlana Lavochkina’s Zap is a multi-generational burlesque family saga whose characters form dynasties embroiled in the polyphonic tragicomedy of relationships and unfulfilled dreams.

Zap Release in NYC: October 5, 2017

Please join us at the official release of Zap, October 5 at the Owl Music Parlor. Svetlana, in her first US visit, will read from Zap, answer questions, sign some books, and knock your socks right off. More information and RSVP here.


ISBN: 978-0996764674

Publication date: 05 October 2017

Paperback price: $15


Svetlana's book is hilarious, moving, and harrowing. Mad ob/gyn experiments with a bizarre aphrodisiac....mad Moscow Hemingway scholar goes to the grimy provincial city of Zap to celebrate New Years in high, Soviet saga ensues. Brilliant chaotic language!

– Jon Frankel

[Zap] was quite a shock for me to encounter ... I found it astoundingly different to anything I've ever read before, to be honest. In reading it, I had a bit of a glimpse into an Eastern European perception which was quite new for me... I found myself, after reading it, a fairly conservative person..."

– Rachael Clugston, The Leipzig Glocal