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Glas New Russian Writing #59: Mission to Mars

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Publisher Comments:

"Savelyev is a professional in a good sense: his language consists of energetic short sentences, abundance of well-chosen details, and recurrent juxtaposition of the fictional and the documentary."—Ex Libris

"The novel is written masterfully, aptly phrased and rich in interesting details; it will look good in Volume One of his Collected Works a couple of decades from now."—Afisha

Mars symbolizes freedom and a daring goal, different for each character. One goes to America to break away from the humdrum provincial life. Other protagonists launch a campaign against a dishonest airline exploiting people's fear of flying by promising false guarantees of safety, for an extra price. The protest peters out after the arrests, sobering the young people's enthusiasm. Reports of actual plane crashes accompany the narrative, providing a frightening backdrop.

New "heroes of our times": confused and disillusioned young Russians growing up in conditions of wild capitalism and political stagnation.

Throughout the novel reports of actual airplane crushes interfere matter-of-factly into the narrative, providing a frightening a refrain to the story and symbolically in tune with the characters' personal moral downfalls. The "Martian" theme is crowned by the seventy-five-year-old ex-cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova's letter to President Putin suggesting that she should be sent to Mars on a one-way mission for the glory of her homeland.

Twenty-eight-year-old Igor Savelyev won many literary prizes for his masterful prose based on brilliant counterpoints. His stories have been translated into many languages.

Synopsis:

Disillusioned young Russians whose growing up coincided with the wild capitalism of the 1990s followed by Vladimir Putins iron rule.

Synopsis:

Mars symbolizes freedom and a daring goal, different for each character. One goes to America to break away from the humdrum provincial life. Other protagonists launch a campaign against a dishonest airline exploiting people's fear of flying by promising false guarantees of safety, for an extra price. The protest peters out after the arrests, sobering the young people's enthusiasm. Reports of actual plane crashes accompany the narrative, providing a frightening backdrop.

New "heroes of our times": confused and disillusioned young Russians growing up in conditions of wild capitalism and political stagnation.

Twenty-eight-year-old Igor Savelyev won many literary prizes for his masterful prose based on brilliant counterpoints. His stories have been translated into many languages.

About the Author

Igor Savelyev: Igor Savelyev was born in 1983 in Ufa (Bashkiria) where he still lives and works as a crime reporter for the local news agency. He has a degree in Philology from Ufa University. His short novel Pale City, based on personal hitchhiking experiences, was shortlisted for the Debut, the Yasnaya Polyana, and the Belkin prizes in 2004 and was soon published in France and later in English. Critics have noted his “masterful, finely chiseled style based on brilliant counterpoints like a virtuoso music piece.” Here realism borders on phantasmagoria, a striking example of new-generation psychological prose.

Product Details

ISBN:
9785717201216
Author:
Savelyev, Igor
Publisher:
Glas New Russian Writing
Author:
Love-Darragh, Amanda
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
New Russian Writing
Series Volume:
57
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Eastern Europe
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Urban Life

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Mars symbolizes freedom and a daring goal, different for each character. One goes to America to break away from the humdrum provincial life. Other protagonists launch a campaign against a dishonest airline exploiting people's fear of flying by promising false guarantees of safety, for an extra price. The protest peters out after the arrests, sobering the young people's enthusiasm. Reports of actual plane crashes accompany the narrative, providing a frightening backdrop.

New "heroes of our times": confused and disillusioned young Russians growing up in conditions of wild capitalism and political stagnation.

Twenty-eight-year-old Igor Savelyev won many literary prizes for his masterful prose based on brilliant counterpoints. His stories have been translated into many languages.

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