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by Kyle Munz

...It's a beautiful book, with probably the best production values I've ever seen. The cover art (and indeed, the art all throughout, though I don't have the vocabulary/background necessary to discuss it in detail) is absolutely stunning. Also, the dynamic visuals add to the author's theme of quantum duality in terms of medium, making it a kind of parallel experienc
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by Tom Bradley

...In her illustrated novel, Snail, V. Ulea, the proud, beautiful Odessit ("a nationality, not a residency"), stalks Schrodinger's cat as it thrives and rots in many interlocked worlds. In this case, the kitty's shaven, declawed and quadruply amputated, but has been compensated for these depredations with a strange logarithmic spiral of calcium carbonate--
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Reviews on "Snail"
by Joe M. Ruggier

...I am fascinated by art about the Moon. I find it profoundly stirring. Consider the emotional impact of the Moon, and of Moonlight, used as an image of romance and endeavour, upon the soul of countless artists down the centuries! Read this gorgeous addition to the literature by V. Ulea and, rather than your barren scientific equations, absorb the beauty of a touchstone of taste such as the following...
Reviews on "Lunar Rhapsody"
by Esther Cameron

V. Ulea is an accomplished poet whose plaintive, haunting voice blends traditional lyricism with a modern irony necessitated, perhaps, by the seepage of the scientific worldview into the poetic domain. Ulea comes from Russia, where certain poetic qualities have been preserved better than in the Western literary sphere; and her work, while couched in a sophisticated and agile English, retains some of the flavor of Russian poetry.
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by Boris Kushner

Vera Ulea (Zubarev) is an exceptional example of a bilingual writer and poet. The Lunar Rhapsody is an astonishing evidence of her absolute command of English Language as such and as a tool of poetic expression. Her voice is really lunar and her verse stands in a great contrast with many fashionable vers libres that under closer consideration turn out meaningless and badly written texts arbitrarily broken in lines and declared "poems".

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Moonlight Becomes Her
by Betty Jo Tucker

Adding her unique touch to artistic considerations of the moon, filmmaker V. Ulea has created Lunar Rhapsody, a collection of poems and photos to delight the heart and pique the soul. Uleaís book is a little gem that welcomes readers to the world of lunar mysteries.   
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by Hugh Fox

Admittedly much of Snail seems to be pure hallucinogenic fantasy balancing on the edge of comprehensibility, the snail appearing here and there and everywhere like some sort of obsessive ghost, but there are stories here as touching as touching ever gets. Like the one about grandmaís obsession with old picture albums: ĎWhat is real life?í you ask. Your grandmother points at the family album, ĎThis is real life.....Your plan is simple: youíll visit every single page and examine every single face in the album....the moon shivers, and the photos are instantly turned into negatives....í
by Harvey Stanbrough

They slip effortlessly and seamlessly from reality to fantasy and back. These made me wonder, for example, whether there is a fairy tale in Russian literature or in Russian folklore regarding the snail, or one (or more) regarding the relationship between mothers and grandmothers, etc. Either way, these are very interesting and enjoyable in a quasi-reality kind of way. Of course, I expected them to be well written and enjoyable because I expected from you the same turns of
phrase etc. that imbues your poetry, and I was not disappointed. Especially at those places where the story flowed from one reality to another, your seamless transitions were all but surreal. They were not harsh and mind twisting, but soft and transparent and mind-turning, as if written of and on gossamer.... Excellent.....
by Paul L. Bates

Everything about this marvelous little book is slightly askew, from the tale itself, to the telling, to the mesmerizingly eerie illustrations, to the white print on black paperÖ So where to begin?
On one end of the dreaming spectrum, for want of a better example, there is lucid dreamingóa state in which the dreamer is aware of the dream, controls it, keeps it from changing willy-nilly, and where, with enough focus and conviction, he can even influence the much denser realm below it we so quaintly call reality...                                                                                                                                 
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by Gabriel Ricard

Itís probable that the first thing youíll notice when picking up V. Uleaís compact collection of stories, Snail is the artwork. The gorgeous, powerfully arresting and downright surreal drawings can be found throughout. They do not belong to Ulea. Each piece was contributed to the project by renowned artist Irene Frenkel. This isnít any great mystery. The book clearly indicates Frenkelís stunning contribution to Uleaís strange and absorbing prose. Itís just interesting to see the two put together. Although they come from two unique voices you could swear at times that they are from one incredible perspective. Itís almost as though Uleaís words and Frenkelís waited through years of life and travel to find each other and create this single, spectacular work. Illustrations are supposed to lend that quality to a written body of work, but itís rare to see it with the clarity and strength found in Snail. As easy as it is to know that these two beautiful halves could be brilliant on their own, itís difficult to imagine them apart.
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by Gabriel Ricard
Itís probable that the first thing youíll notice when picking up V. Uleaís compact collection of stories, Snail is the artwork. The gorgeous, powerfully arresting and downright surreal drawings can be found throughout. They do not belong to Ulea. Each piece was contributed to the project by renowned artist Irene Frenkel. This isnít any great mystery. The book clearly indicates Frenkelís stunning contribution to Uleaís strange and absorbing prose. Itís just interesting to see the two put together. Although they come from two unique voices you could swear at times that they are from one incredible perspective
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