In the unfettered freedom of Russia's new-found venture-capital frenzy, Max Borodin can organise anything - so long as the readies are ready. That's why he's Moscow's most successful businessman.
But Max's life has its downside: his wife, Tanya, nags him, his mistress, Sonya, exhausts him; his brother Evgeny needs him - to help extricate him from yet another shady business fiasco. Then there are always the country's friendly mafia, keen to lend a helping hand with the profits of Max's Universal Manufacturing Company - producer of documents, historical and otherwise, to suit every conceivable occasion.
Satire rarely comes more sulphuric than this. Let's Put the Future Behind Us is the wittiest job of fictional surgery on New Russia since its iron curtain was amputated.
Jack Womack (1956 - )Jack Womack was born in Kentucky in 1956 but currently lives in New York City. In addition to his writing, he has worked in publicity for a number of major US publishers such as HarperCollins and Orbit. Exploring themes such as urban breakdown, racial tension and class wars, the city of New York plays a large part in the post-Cyberpunk, Near-Future setting of his novels. He won the 1993 Philip K Dick award with Elvissey and has the distinction of being William Gibson's favourite author.