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Poisonous OperationsHead of Zeus acquires extraordinary novel from Russian author Sergei Lebedev

Publisher Neil Belton has acquired UK & Commonwealth excluding Canada rights for the forthcoming novel Untraceable by Russian author Sergei Lebedev from Galina Dursthoff at Galina Dursthoff Agency the extraordinary and timely novel will be published in hardback and ebook on the 4th March 2021.

A wonderful piece of fiction rooted in the recent history of Russia's state assassinations, especially the attempted poisoning of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, Untraceable is set to become one to look out for this Spring.

About joining the Head of Zeus family, author and journalist Sergei Lebedev said ‘From the very first words of this novel I believed that it is destined to be published in the UK. Untraceable explores not only the recent poisonous operations of the Russian secret services, which affected England very strongly. I hope it goes deeper, right into the literary world of Shakespeare and Shelly, right into the dramatic and dark triangle of the power, knowledge and fate, from where the human and technical monsters are born. I am happy to be with the Head of Zeus and have an inspiring opportunity to present my writing to the British readership.’

Neil Belton said, ‘Since the fall of the Soviet Union, very few Russian novels have had the kind of impact on readers abroad like those of Tolstoy, Bulgakov or Chekhov. This novel could  be the moment when Russian literature demands that the world take notice again.’

Head of Zeus also acquired Lebedev’s Oblivion, The Year of the Comet and The Gooze Fritz, which will be published as paperback originals in Autumn 2021.

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'.