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 him 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. 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. His debut novel Solovyov and Larionov (Oneworld, 2018) was shortlisted for the Andrei Bely Prize and Russia's National Big Book Award. Laurus, his second novel but the first to be translated into English, won the National Big Book Award and the Yasnaya Polyana Award and was shortlisted for the National Bestseller Prize, the Russian Booker Prize and the New Literature Award, and translation rights have been sold in eighteen languages. He lives with his family in St Petersburg, Russia.

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

Reviews

‘An unabashed, panoramic view of the landscape of human consciousness... Draped in thoroughly Russian trappings, The Aviator speaks to common experience while soaring into realms that enfold the human drama below.'

- Foreword Reviews (Starred Review)

‘Vodolazkin's second novel to be translated into English is stylistically different from its brightly filigreed, 15th century-set predecessor, Laurus, but preserves that novel's sweep and passion for history...the writing, never portentous, blows like fine, dry snow across the pages. Great reading for all audiences.'

- Library Journal

‘Vodolazkin amazes again with his exceptional mastery of language.'

- Style (Russia)

‘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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