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Oblivion
07 Apr 2022 * EBOOK * £7.99 * 9781800249196

A young man travels to the vast wastelands of the Far North to uncover the truth about a shadowy neighbour who saved his life. One of the first twenty-first century Russian novels to probe the legacy of the Soviet prison camp system.

Fiction / FA (Fiction)
Extent: 352 pages
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OblivionSergei Lebedev, translated by Antonina W. Bouis

One of the first twenty-first century Russian novels to probe the legacy of the Soviet prison camp system by one of Russia's finest young writers.

A young man travels to the vast wastelands of the Far North to uncover the truth about a shadowy neighbour who saved his life, and whom he knows only as Grandfather II. What he finds, among the forgotten mines and decrepit barracks of former gulags, is a world relegated to oblivion, where it is easier to ignore both the victims and the executioners than to come to terms with a terrible past.

This disturbing tale evokes the great and ruined beauty of a land where man and machine worked in tandem with nature to destroy millions of lives during the Soviet century. Emerging from today's Russia, where the ills of the past are being forcefully erased from public memory, this masterful novel represents an epic literary attempt to rescue history from the brink of oblivion.

Sergei Lebedev was born in Moscow in 1981 and worked for seven years on geological expeditions in northern Russia and Central Asia. Lebedev is a poet, essayist and journalist. His novels have been translated into many languages and received great acclaim in the English-speaking world. The New York Review of Books has hailed Lebedev as 'the best of Russia's younger generation of writers'.

A leading voice amongst modern Russian writers.

Critically celebrated on its initial publication in 2015 – a Wall Street Journal book of the year, a finalist for the Best Translated Book of the Year and glowingly reviewed across the globe.

Newsworthy as draws on Russia's recent history of persecution by the state.

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'A Dantean descent ... In a steely translation by Antonina W. Bouis, Oblivion is 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' 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' Times Literary Supplement

'Opening in stately fashion and unfolding ever faster with fierce, intensive elegance, this first novel discloses the weight of Soviet history and its consequences ... Highly recommended for anyone serious about literature or history' Library Journal (starred review)

'Sergei Lebedev opens up new territory in literature. Lebedev's prose lives from the precise images and the author's colossal gift of observation' Der Spiegel

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