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Nominated for the Russian Booker Prize and Russia's National Bestseller Prize, and a bestseller on Russia’s equivalent of Amazon for a year. Fyodor is a successful young architect, but far from the ideal father. He’s constantly embarrassed by his 14 year-old son, Vanya, born with Down’s Syndrome, and always relying on others, mainly his own parents, for help. But when Vanya pulls a mystical painting from the wreckage of a fatal car crash, everything changes. What Vanya doesn’t know is that the model for the painting, ‘Petroleum Venus’, is his own mother, who abandoned him at birth. This is the first of a series of extraordinary coincidences that lead both father and son on a journey towards love, responsibility and acceptance but tragedy is never far away.

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