Living Souls (English): Book by Dmitry Bykov

Living Souls (English)

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ISBN: 9781846881268    Publisher: Alma Books Year of publishing: 2012     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 439        Language: English
In a world a few decades from now, Russia has lost its influence and descended into a farcical civil war. With an extreme right-wing cult in power, racial tensions have divided the country into the Varangians...Read more
In a world a few decades from now, Russia has lost its influence and descended into a farcical civil war. With an extreme right-wing cult in power, racial tensions have divided the country into the Varangians - those who consider themselves to be the original Aryan settlers of Russia - and the Khazars, the liberals and Jews driven out of Moscow by recent events. Morale has reached an all-time low as the brutality and pointlessness of the situation is becoming more and more apparent: what is left of the fighting now revolves around capturing and recapturing Degunino, a seemingly magical village with an abundance of pies, vodka and accommodating womenfolk. But there is also a third people - timid, itinerant and on the brink of extinction - who lay claim to Degunino and Russia as their homeland. Against this rich backdrop of events, Living Souls follows the lives of four couples struggling to escape the chaos and stupidity of the war around them: a teenage girl who adopts a homeless man, a poet turned general separated from his lover, a provincial governor in love with one of the natives, and a legendary military commander who is sleeping with the enemy.
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About the author: Dmitry Bykov
Dmitry Bykov is the author of five novels, a biography of Pasternak, winner of the 2007 Big BookA" Prize and the National Bestseller Prize, two collections... Read more
Dmitry Bykov is the author of five novels, a biography of Pasternak, winner of the 2007 Big BookA" Prize and the National Bestseller Prize, two collections of short stories, two volumes of essays and eight collections of poetry. He writes for various literary publications, hosts a weekly radio show and appears regularly on Russian television.
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Review:
'A Catch-22 for modern Russia' Elaine Feinstein 'Often funny, occasionally moving and possibly dangerous' The Times 'Blending a novel of ideas with a fairy-tale and satire with lyricism, Bykov...Read more
'A Catch-22 for modern Russia' Elaine Feinstein 'Often funny, occasionally moving and possibly dangerous' The Times 'Blending a novel of ideas with a fairy-tale and satire with lyricism, Bykov in Living Souls gives a picture of Russia in the near future and - as so many others before him - tries to understand the eternal contradictions of his country.' The Independent 'a dreamscape, a panoramic survey of the obsessions and illusions that protect Russian society's sleep' TLS
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