The Light and the Dark

Author(s): Mikhail Shishkin
Original Publish Date: Jan 07, 2014
Product Number: EB00630979
Released: Jan 11, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781681448800
Publisher: Quercus
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The only author to win all three major Russian literary prizes (including the Russian Booker Prize), Mikhail Shishkin is one of the most acclaimed contemporary Russian literary figures. The Guardian said of Shishkin's writing: "richly textured and innovative...?rguably Russia's greatest living novelist." The Wall Street Journal raved that "Shishkin has created a bewitching potion of reality and fantasy, of history and fable, and of lonely need and joyful consolation. An exquisite novel...?is sovereignty is over the invisible and the timeless. Mr. Shishkin traces this sad story with great beauty and finesse." In The Light and the Dark Shishkin has created an evocative love story of two young lovers, Vladimir, a solider helping to quell the Boxer Rebellion, and Alexandra, a woman living decades later, (known fondly to each other as Vovka and Sashka) keeping their yearning alive through passionate letters which defies not only space but time. But as their correspondence continues, it becomes clear that the couple's separation is chronological as well as geographical-that their extraordinary romance is actually created out of, as well as kept alive by, their yearning epistolary exchange, which defies not only space but time. With this contrapuntal literary testament to the delirious, transcendent power of love, Mikhail Shishkin-the most celebrated Russian author of his generation-has created a masterpiece of modern fiction. From the Hardcover edition.

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