|IKONS: Saint Nicholas the Wonder Worker
Fiction / Historical Trade Paperback 208 Pages
Publication Date: Mar-2003
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Russia is in turmoil. Her people have lost faith in their government, her economy is in ruins and her armed forces have suffered a crushing defeat. Ethnic and religious rivalries threaten to tear the country apart and world war looms on the horizon. The year is 1905.
Ikons is the engaging story of Russian-American history told through a skillful blend of facts and family lore. The saga follows the Pribish family as world events sweep them from the squalor of the Pripet Marsh to the deserts of Tajikstan; from the frozen vastness of Siberia to the promised land of the United States. Along their perilous journey they witness the destruction of monarchies, the horrors of world war and revolution, the empty promise of communism, and the struggle for acceptance in a new world democracy."Saint Nicholas the Wonder Worker" is first in the Ikons series. Here the reader meets the villagers of Hutawa, Byelorussia--her heroes, scoundrels and common folk. Starting with the First Russian Revolution in 1905, the villagers are faced with the class warfare of the industrial age, immigration to America, and the coming war in 1914. Follow Massey Pribish as he breaks the chains of his culture in search of a better life--first in the iron works of Russia, then in the steel mills of America. Be with him as he courts and marries his Akulina, only to be separated by betrayal and the vastness of an ocean and the gulf of world politics.
Steve Pribish was born in Joliet, Illinois of Russian immigrants and learned stories of "years ago" first hand from his father and grandfather. After college, Steve spent thirty-three years working for the United States government monitoring the Soviet Union. He was deeply involved in Russian culture and made prolonged trips into European Russia. "Ikons" is the result of several generations of experience. Steve is the author of over two hundred government reports and has written for "Home and Away" and "Videomaker" magazines, and several Midwestern newspapers. His short story, "There Will Be Crosses" won first place in the Dayton Daily News Short Story Contest in 1997.