The Aviator

Pages: 400
Subject: Fiction, Translated Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

The Aviator

Eugene Vodolazkin

Translated by Lisa Hayden
From award-winning author Eugene Vodolazkin comes this poignant story of memory, love and loss spanning twentieth-century Russia
Hardback
9781786072719 (3 May 2018)
RRP £14.99 / US$26.99

The Book

From award-winning author Eugene Vodolazkin comes this poignant story of memory, love and loss spanning twentieth-century Russia

A man wakes up in a hospital bed, with no idea who he is or how he came to be there. The only information the doctor shares with his patient is his name: Innokenty Petrovich Platonov.

As memories slowly resurface, Innokenty begins to build a vivid picture of his former life as a young man in Russia in the early twentieth century, living through the turbulence of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath. But soon, only one question remains: how can he remember the start of the twentieth century, when the pills by his bedside were made in 1999?

Reminiscent of the great works of twentieth-century Russian literature, with nods to Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and Bulgakov's The White Guard, The Aviator cements Vodolazkin's position as the rising star of Russia's literary scene.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction, Translated Fiction
Pages 400
Imprint Oneworld

 

About the Author

Eugene Vodolazkin was born in Kiev and has worked in the department of Old Russian Literature at Pushkin House since 1990. He is an expert in medieval Russian history and folklore. Laurus, his first novel to be translated into English, was published to great critical acclaim. He lives in St Petersburg.

Lisa Hayden's translations from the Russian include Eugene Vodolazkin's Laurus, which won a Read Russia Award in 2016. Laurus and Lisa's translation of Vadim Levental's Masha Regina were both shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize. Her blog, Lizok's Bookshelf, examines contemporary Russian fiction. She lives in Maine, USA.

Reviews

‘Vodolazkin amazes again with his exceptional mastery of language'

- Style (Russia)

PRAISE FOR LAURUS:

 

‘A profound, sometimes challenging meditation on faith, love and life's mysteries' Financial Times

 

‘A masterpiece by any standards' Huffington Post

'Captivating'

- meduza.io

'Exceptional'

- Dmitry Bykov, Echo of Moscow

'Eugene Vodolazkin sophisticatedly manipulates with genres, masters the style, and keeps the tension until the novel's last page'

- Trud

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