Laurus (Paperback)

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Like much great fiction, Laurus compresses a particular vision of human life into the person of a flawed but worthy individual. Here are moments of intense horror, of joy, and of despair. During periods when existence seems to have stalled for our hero--that nothing will ever again improve or change--the reader is led into transcendent meditation and reflection on Time and on the soul's dreadful-and-glorious progress. It is no small bonus that this book is free of trendy political and social agendas and is oblivious to what Owen Barfield termed "chronological snobbery" (the imperious disdain which modernity showers on the "ignorant" past). Finally, this is one of a precious few books which has reinforced my sense that Time is neither linear nor cyclical, but spiraling -- curved in its horizontal direction, but always with an inevitable, vertical tension.

— From Adam

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"A quirky, ambitious book ... Eugene Vodolazkin succeeds gloriously."
--Janet Fitch, LARB

"In LAURUS, Vodolazkin aims directly at the heart of the Russian religious experience and perhaps even at that maddeningly elusive concept that is cherished to the point of clich the Russian soul."
-- Ken Kalfus in The New Yorker

"Brilliant storytelling ... a uniquely lavish, multilayered work."
--Booklist

"LAURUS is without a doubt one of the most moving and mysterious books you will read in this or any other year."
-- The American Conservative

"A timeless epic ... pointed, touching, and at times humorous, unpredictably straying from the path and leading readers along a wild chase through time, language, and medieval Europe."
--Asymptote Journal

"An epic journey novel in all the best traditions. There are countless colorful characters, exciting twists of fate, and profound truths in the protagonist's words and deeds... The Idiot meets Canterbury Tales meets The Odyssey. Highly recommended."
-- Russian Life Magazine

"Love, faith, and a quest for atonement are the driving themes of an epic, prizewinning Russian novel that, while set in the medieval era, takes a contemporary look at the meaning of time.... With flavors of Umberto Eco and The Canterbury Tales, this affecting, idiosyncratic novel ... is an impressive achievement."
--Kirkus Reviews

About the Author


Eugene Vodolazkin was born in Kiev in 1964. An expert in Old Russian literature, Vodolazkin has worked in the department of Old Russian Literature at Pushkin House since 1990. He has numerous academic books and articles to his name, and has been awarded research and lectureship fellowships in Germany from both the Toepfer and Alexander von Humboldt Foundations. Vodolazkin's debut novel, Solovyov and Larionov was shortlisted for the Andrei Bely Prize and The Big Book Prize. Laurus is Vodolazkin's second novel. It won both of Russia's major literary awards, The Book Book Prize and the Yasnaya Polyana Award. Vodolazkin lives with his family in St Petersburg, Russia. Lisa Hayden is a literary translator who lives in Scarborough, Maine. Her other translations from the Russian include Vladislav Otroshenko's Addendum to a Photo Album and Marina Stepnova's The Women of Lazarus. Her website, Lizok's Bookshelf, focuses on contemporary Russian fiction. She received her MA in Russian literature at the University of Pennsylvania and lived in Moscow during 1992-1998.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781780748719
ISBN-10: 178074871X
Publisher: ONEWorld Publications
Publication Date: August 9th, 2016
Pages: 384
Language: English