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I am both saddened that is has taken me so long and excited to have finally discovered the written work of author/writer Victoria Dougherty.
Having just read Stepping on the Throat of His Own Song, a fictional essay on Dougherty's blog, I am ready to devour every other piece of writing on it like a bag of potato chips. I simply cannot read just one.
The essay follows a KGB agent named Kosmo Zablov in 1956 Moscow during the cold war. The reader is drawn immediately into the thoughts and inner dialogue of Zablov as he considers his life and how came to the moment he is currently in; a moment that is pivotal - life or death. He thinks of his brother, Yakhov the journalist, as lucky for being so self-assured in his choice of career even if Zablov thinks he's a little delusional about how smart he actually is when he, himself, has had to create his own luck rising up within the constructs of the KGB by hook or crook. His deceptions are hard on his heels and catching up to him in the form of another agent sent to follow him. If caught, Zablov knows how it will go for him having interrogated many in his own lifetime. It will not end well. Desperation drives him onward as he seeks to elude his tail and get to the perceived safety of the flat he commandeered through illegal means following a previous case in which he was in charge. Will luck find him one more time?
You can find her on Goodreads and her website which is 'in the making' here.
Read her New York Times essay The Wrong Kind of Inheritance.
From the biography of Victoria Dougherty: Victoria Dougherty has for nearly twenty years distinguished herself as a master storyteller, writing fiction, drama, speeches, essays, and television news segments/video scripts.
In Prague, Ms. Dougherty co-founded the acclaimed Black Box Theater, translating, producing and acting to sold-out audiences in several Czech plays – from Vaclav Havel’s riveting “Protest” to the unintentionally hilarious communist propaganda play “Karhan’s Men.” Black Box Theater was profiled in feature articles in USA Today, International Herald Tribune, and numerous European publications.
Currently, Ms. Dougherty lives with her family in Charlottesville, VA, and has recently completed a series of thematically linked Cold War spy thrillers. She is represented by Josh Getzler of Hannigan Salky & Getzler.