D. Rus was the first author to introduce into the Russian literary scifi and fantasy world this new subgenre. Once a seasoned gamer and now a terminal cancer patient, the main hero Max grasps at this final chance to preserve his life and identity. So he goes for it – goes for the promise of immortality shared with a few trusty friends and the woman he loves. Together they roam the roads of AlterWorld and sample its agony and ecstasy born of absolute freedom.
It was back in October when Oleg Pavlov unexpectedly died from a heart attack. The photo of his family grave on the famous Novodevichi cemetery was taken during my visit in Moscow earlier this month when I also met his relatives. My thoughts are with them.
His works have been translated into 10 languages and more to come.
The novel is set during the tragic few weeks in June-July 1941, when the German army in a sudden attack defeated the Red Army and within a few days occupied Lithuania. Kanovich limits the spatial horizon of his novel to a small isolated village deep in the Lithuanian heartland, exploring the fundamental and universal ethical conflict between good and evil, which transcends the limits of concrete space and time.
While the mothers in Siberia wait for their soldier sons to return from the war in the west in 1945, the eight year old Eduard secretly jumps on board the trains heading in the opposite direction, heading west, towards Leningrad, escaping from orphan home to reunite with his mother.
„After a while the reader begins to feel that it is not Zobern, but this Iesus himself who is laughing at our stupidity, our stiffness, our stringency, our superstitions, our cowardice and above all our wish to crucify him again and again.“
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Once Sharov was described as “possibly the most important Russian novelist you may never have heard of.” This is slowly changing now.
Here is a recent article by Lucie Harnish in English about Sharov’s work including short reviews on each and every book.
A marvellous family novel, wise and pittoresque on the last 20 years of life in the Eastern European SHTETL. A moving piece of literature of a loss of the Jewish communities.