The Librarian (Paperback)
  • The Librarian (Paperback)
zoom

The Librarian (Paperback)

(author), (translator)
£12.99
Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 12/03/2015
  • In stock

Available

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect
Gromov is merely a forgotten writer of Soviet propagandist novels. But he has left behind his Books and the powers they impart - the Fury to tear enemies limb from limb, the Memory of a perfect childhood, the Strength to overcome all fear of death. These books transform believers from senile to lucid, cowardly to brave, weak to strong. Soon, Libraries of readers start to emerge, waging war on one another to seize precious copies of the Books and terrible consequences ensue. Trapped in the middle of this world inhabited by society's outcasts - the decrepit, the heartbroken, the abandoned, the abused - is the young and unremarkable Alexei. Everything will change when he inherits a Book of Memory, and therefore becomes... a Librarian. Blending depravity, black humour, reality and myth, Elizarov casts a satirical eye over Soviet Russia in this epic masterpiece and winner of the Russian Booker Prize-a tale of human longing, unwavering belief, and the search for meaning in a chaotic, illusory world. 'Elizarov is an heir to the classic Russian writers' Prochtenie 'Belongs to that glittering vein of the burlesque and fantastic, which runs through the strata of Russian literature like a seam of gold.' Magazine Litteraire 'Powerful, disturbing, and at the same time, uplifting' Vzgliad 'A truly bright author and an ingenious writer' Vladimir Sorokin, author of Ice Trilogy and Day of the Oprichnik 'The most radical of Russian Booker winners' Snob 'Uncompromising, bizarre and desperate' Gazeta 'How words can be more dangerous than machine-guns' Proza 'A world of myths... and a requiem for a broken country' Questions of Literature 'Immensely entertaining, The Librarian lives up to comparisons to the work of Gogol and Bulgakov while being very much its own thing' Jeffe Vandermeer, Slate Mikhail Elizarov b. 1973 in the Ukraine studies literature and moves to Hanover Germany to study cinema. In 2001, Fingernails first caught media attention and his fourth novel The Librarian was awarded the 2008 Russian Booker Prize. He write for magazines including GQ and Playboy and currently lives in Moscow.

Publisher: Pushkin Press
ISBN: 9781782270270
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 25 mm

You may also be interested in...

A Court of Silver Flames
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Added to basket
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Added to basket
Tales from the Cafe
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
House of Earth and Blood
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Starless Sea
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Once Upon a Broken Heart
Added to basket
What Abigail Did That Summer
Added to basket
The Absolute Book
Added to basket
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Added to basket
£17.99   £15.99
Hardback
The Priory of the Orange Tree
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Handmaid's Tale
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Last Hours: Chain of Iron
Added to basket
£14.99   £12.99
Hardback
The Lord of the Rings
Added to basket
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.