Aleksei Slapovski – The Unknown

new publication

Hungarian translation published by Slovart

The subtitle of Aleksei Slapovski’s most recent book THE UNKNOWN is: „Novel of a Century 1917 to 2017“. And indeed, the story begins with Nikolai Smirnov’s entry into his diary on the 17th December 1917 and ends with a letter from Gleb Smirnov to his father Victor in 2017. Thus the novel is also a family saga spanning five generations. No judgement of individual fate, instead empathy with many members of the family who recognize that they are on their way into the unknown.

In its polyphonic, multi-faceted concept a courageous response to recent political reflexives in Russia where a single version of the so called patriotic past is printed in the school books.

Olga Slavnikova – The Man Who Couldn’t Die

new publication

English translation published as audiobook by storybox/ Heraclon

A bed ridden Soviet veteran is being looked after by his wife and daughter. Long may he live, the family is surviving on his pension. The two women create a virtual world for him in his room, cut him off from all sources of information and play him old news recorded on video. All this to convince the old man of the continued existence of his beloved Soviet Union. But all the old man wants – is to finally die. Two generations in an absurdly comical and tragic vicious circle. Is there a way out?

The novel IMMORTAL has been published in 4 languages so far. In her preface to the French edition by Gallimard Olga Slavnikova writes:  „This is no Good bye Lenin clone which you have in front of you. The novel Immortal is a fundamentally different product. The book begins where the film ends…“

Evgeni Grishkovets – The Shirt

new publication

Bulgarian translation published by Aviana

With the Bulgarian book the total number of foreign translations of this novel adds up to 13!

Evgeni Grishkovets‚ novel THE SHIRT is the story of a little man in a big city, and the tale of a day in the life of a shirt that is put on in the morning and taken off at night.