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To Sleep and to Believe

To Sleep and to Believe

Author: Andrei Turgenev

ISBN: ISBN 978-954-320-164-8
Category: Novels and poetry
Cover: Paperback, Format: 13х20, Pages: 440, Weight: 335 g

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Price: 13.00 lv

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Andrei Turgenev (pen name of Vyacheslav Nikolayevich Kuritsin, born in 1965) is among the writers, determining the specific character of modern Russian fiction, translated and published all over the world. With his very first work, The Month of Arkashon (2003) he was nominated for the prestigious award of the National Best Seller - 2004, side by side with the compositions of Victor Pelevin and Valentin Rasputin. In the words of Russian literary critics, the novel To Sleep and to Believe has long been awaited. In the same way as Russia had awaited War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, The Eternal Call by Anatoliy Ivanov, and The Moscow Saga by Vasiliy Aksyonov. Andrei Turgenev has created a unique, daring and provocative piece of writing. For the first time the blockade of Leningrad during the Great Patriotic War has become the material for a literary game, so talented, that the pleasure of it overshadows any other fears regarding a profane encroachment on historical sanctities. In the dawn of the 21st century, the author writes an almost documentary chronicle of the events of the blockade of six decades earlier, against the background of a "Turgenev-like" love story, quiet and bright, long awaited and tragic. Two superhuman forces, which seem to have come out of a strange dream, grapple in a battle in the pages of the novel: the spirit of Nazism and the spirit of the mythical Leningrad, built on bones.

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