‘Laurus’, by Eugene Vodolazkin

‘Laurus’, by Eugene Vodolazkin

Laurus, the second novel by Russian writer Eugene Vodolazkin, has a vivid sense of time and place, as you might expect from an author who is also an expert in medieval history. Interweaving an impressive array of images, stories, parables and superstitions, Vodolazkin builds a convincing portrait of 15th-century Europe, a God-fearing place riven by

The Modern Novel: Laurus

The latest addition to my website is Eugene Vodolazkin‘s Лавр (Laurus), a superb Russian novel telling the story of a fifteenth century healer, mystic and quasi-saint. Arseny, as he is initially called, though he changes his name a few times, and ends up being called Laurus, lives with his grandfather, Christofer, from the age of

NOTHING IS IRREPARABLE

In the novel, Laurus, by Eugene Vodolazkin, the monk Amvrosy, is questioning the elder, Innokentey about time. Innokenty says time is not closed but open, like a spiral. “There are events that resemble one another, continued the elder, but opposites are born from that similarity. The Old Testament opens with Adam but the New Testament

‘Laurus’ Author on Metaxas Show

Your Working Boy raved about the newly translated Russian novel Laurus to his pal Eric Metaxas, who read the book and loved it so much that he invited author Evgeny (Eugene) Vodolazkin to dinner in Manhattan on Monday night. That’s them above. On Tuesday, EV will be in the studio with Eric for two radio

Magic Realism: Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin

It is the late fifteenth century and a village healer in Russia called Laurus is powerless to help his beloved as she dies in childbirth, unwed and without having received communion. Devastated and desperate, he sets out on a journey in search of redemption. But this is no ordinary journey: it is one that spans

LARS WALKER: ‘LAURUS,’ BY EUGENE VODOLAZKIN

Angels do not tire, said the Angel, because they do not scrimp on their strength. If you are not thinking about the finiteness of your strength, you will not tire, either. Know, O Arseny, that only he who does not fear drowning is capable of walking on water. My friend Dale Nelson recently recommended this

LARS WALKER: ‘LAURUS,’ BY EUGENE VODOLAZKIN

Angels do not tire, said the Angel, because they do not scrimp on their strength. If you are not thinking about the finiteness of your strength, you will not tire, either. Know, O Arseny, that only he who does not fear drowning is capable of walking on water. My friend Dale Nelson recently recommended this

Eugene Vodolazkin and his ‘non-historical’ novel

Against the usual backdrop of rush-hour traffic along Bloomsbury Way, Pushkin House played host earlier this month to the launch of the English-language edition of Eugene Vodolazkin’s novel Laurus. With an audience made up primarily of Russians, however, the discussion showed a certain linguistic flexibility, with both author and interviewer – Dr Josephine von Zitzewitz

Holy Foolery

Medieval Russia was a land trembling with religious fervor. Mystics, pilgrims, prophets, and holy fools wandered the countryside. Their wardrobe and grooming choices earned them names like Maksim the Naked and John the Hairy. Basil the Blessed walked through Moscow in rags, castigated the rich, exposed deceitful merchants, and issued prophecies, many of which proved

KIRKUS REVIEW: LAURUS

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. Combining elements of fairy tale, parable, and myth, Vodolazkin’s second novel (after Solovyov and Larionov, to be published in English in 2016)