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Summary

A provocative, razor-sharp and timely debut novel about a beloved English professor facing a slew of accusations against her professor husband by former students—a situation that becomes more complicated when she herself develops an obsession of her own....

When I was a child, I loved old men, and I could tell that they also loved me.

And so we meet our deliciously incisive narrator: a popular English professor whose husband, a charismatic professor at the same small liberal arts college, is under investigation for his inappropriate relationships with his former students. The couple have long had a mutual understanding when it comes to their extramarital pursuits, but with these new allegations, life has become far less comfortable for them both. And when our narrator becomes increasingly infatuated with Vladimir, a celebrated married young novelist who’s just arrived on campus, their tinder-box world comes dangerously close to exploding.

With her bold, edgy and uncommonly assured literary debut, Julia May Jonas takes us into charged territory, where the strictures of morality bump up against the impulses of the human heart. Propulsive, darkly funny and surreptitiously moving, Vladimir maps the personal and political minefield of our current moment, exposing the messy contradictions of power and desire.

©2022 Julia May Jonas (P)2022 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

Critic reviews

"If Netflix’s The Chair, Lisa Taddeo’s best seller Three Women, and the most compelling passages of Ottessa Moshfegh’s Death in Her Hands had a love child (just go with me here), it would be this fiction debut. With a title character who’s a sought-after young novelist new to a college faculty, Vladimir leaves the reader with more questions than answers—about sex, and sexual politics—in the most delicious way." (Entertainment Weekly)

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Appalling after such high expectations

The storyline sounded great but it is definitely the most disappointing novel I have downloaded this year. Such an inane and pointless story. Do not bother wasting a credit.

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Beautiful writing, unsympathetic characters

As the heading suggests, this is an at times wonderfully written piece that for me was spoilt a little by none of the characters being particularly likeable which also robbed the denouement of its power.

Very good choice of narrator though which ensured an enjoyable listen.

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Well written but basically woke drivel,

This is nothing like as good as I had hoped, wordy, obsessive, self indulgent !

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Compelling

Overall quite compelling. A tried and true theme - passion, pitting the hero against society - from an original and interesting perspective. Had it had a bit less rumination and a bit more focus on the main plot it would have been excellent. The beginning was good; the middle sagged a bit - there were moments when the narrator seems almost to forget about her love interest (which made her claims of obsession somewhat less convincing) - but the tempo certainly picked up in the last part. The narrator was great.

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Incredibly well observed, thrilling read

A darkly compelling mediation on where we are, deliriously satisfying as a thriller, a satire and a deeply literary diagnosis of our contemporary culture.

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Loved this twisty decent into the story of the narrator. I enjoyed very much