Sergei Lebedev (Author) Antonina W. Bouis (Translator)
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New Vessel Press
Publish Date
February 02, 2021
5.7 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Sergei Lebedev has been called the most important younger Russian author writing today. His novels have been translated into many languages and three of his works--Oblivion, The Year of the Comet and The Goose Fritz--have been published in English to great acclaim by New Vessel Press.
Antonina W. Bouis is one of the leading translators of Russian literature now at work. She has translated over 80 works from authors such as Evgeny Yevtushenko, Mikhail Bulgakov and Andrei Sakharov. Bouis, previously executive director of the Soros Foundation in the former USSR, now lives in New York City.


"The darkest impulses of science and power cross paths with human error and plots gone awry in Sergei Lebedev's incisive and all-too-plausible Russian novel about nerve agents, assassination and secrets both political and personal."
--Will Englund, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post and author of March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution

"Enthralling and exquisite, by one of modern Russia's finest writers."
--Philippe Sands, author of East West Street: On the Origins of "Genocide" and "Crimes against Humanity"

"Turn off your television sets and get reading. Sergei Lebedev writes not of the past, but of today."
--Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

"Sergei Lebedev is a marvelous writer with two rare gifts: a nobility of style and the most precise inner vision, which allows him to see and plumb the entire depth of the anthropological catastrophe that occurred in twentieth-century Russia. Lebedev has perceived what was invisible to most Soviet and post-Soviet writers."
--Vladimir Sorokin, author of The Blizzard, Day of the Oprichnik and Ice Trilogy

"A spellbinding insight into a secret world that we forget at our peril, a world of assassins, spies, patriots and poison masters whose shockingly evil decisions are made in their unwavering belief of serving a greater good. A thrilling, haunting, essential read."
--Rory MacLean, author of Pravda Ha Ha: Truth, Lies and the End of Europe

"One of Russia's most interesting young novelists takes on Putin, poison and power in this unique novel; Lebedev provides a fascinating window on modern Russia."
--Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Twilight of Democracy and Gulag: A History

Praise for Sergei Lebedev's earlier books:

"Lebedev is arguably the best of Russia's younger generation of writers."
--The New York Review of Books

"A Dantean descent ... as cold and stark as a glacial crevasse, but as beautiful as one, too, with a clear poetic sensibility built to stand against the forces of erasure."
--The Wall Street Journal

"Astonishing ... ingeniously structured around the progressive uncovering of memories of a difficult personal and national past ... with a visceral, at times almost unbearable, force."
--The Times Literary Supplement