Challenging Russia’s materialist worldview

Eugene Vodolazkin’s Laurus was a finalist for WORLD’s 2015-2016 Book of the Year for fiction. It is a long, sprawling novel, translated from the Russian by Lisa Hayden. Russians have given Laurus literary honors because, among other things, it challenges the materialist worldview of Stalin and Putin. The big novel’s main character, Arseny—born in 1440 … Читать далее «Challenging Russia’s materialist worldview»

Laurus — a Russian Masterpiece, a Universal Novel

A Russian philologist has written a book that is a masterpiece by any standards. It has already been published in twenty languages, attracting international attention. First published in Russian in 2013, Eugene Vodolazkin’s Laurus became an instant national success winning several of the most prestigious Russian literary awards, among them the National Big Book Award … Читать далее «Laurus — a Russian Masterpiece, a Universal Novel»

Jade Craddock: Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin

Unlike some of the countries on this literary globetrot that I’m barely able to spell let alone am familiar with, Ukraine is a country that is now, as a result of recent problematic events, on everyone’s map. And unfortunately for most, the lasting impression will be the one perpetuated in the media. I have neither … Читать далее «Jade Craddock: Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin»