The Story of a Life: Volumes 1-3 (Hardback)
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The Story of a Life: Volumes 1-3 (Hardback)

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Hardback 816 Pages / Published: 20/01/2022
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One of the milestones of classic Russian life-writing now available in a fresh new translation, this masterfully crafted novelistic memoir of the great Soviet author Konstantin Paustovsky leads the reader on a dizzying journey through one of the most dramatic eras of Russian history.

Discover one of Twentieth-Century Russia's most lauded lost classics, now in a remarakble new translation.

In 1943, Konstantin Paustovsky, the Soviet Union's most revered author, started out on his masterwork - The Story of a Life; a grand, novelistic memoir of a life lived on the fast-unfurling frontiers of Russian history. Eventually published over six volumes, it would cement Paustovsky's reputation as the voice of Russia around the world, and see him nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Newly translated by Guggenheim fellow Douglas Smith, Vintage Classics are proud to reintroduce the first three books of Paustovsky's epic for a whole new generation. Taking its reader from Paustovsky's Ukrainian youth, struggling with a family on the verge of collapse and the first flourishes of creative ambition, to his experiences working as a paramedic on Russia's frontlines and then as a journalist covering the country's violent spiral into revolution, The Story of a Life offers a portrait of an artistic journey like no other.

As richly dramatic as the great Russian novels of the 19th and 20th centuries, but all the more powerful for its first-hand testament to one of history's most chaotic eras, The Story of Life is a uniquely dazzling achievement of modern literature.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784873080
Number of pages: 816
Weight: 1334 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 51 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Outstanding... A sparkling, supremely precious literary achievement' - Telegraph

'One of the great Russian autobiographies, as fresh now as the day it was written - and the day it was lived' - Julian Barnes

'The Story of a Life radiates a terrific vim and thirst for experience. A more gloriously life-affirming book is unlikely to emerge this year' - Ian Thompson, Spectator

'A work of astonishing beauty... a masterpiece' - Isaac Bashevis Singer

'A literary masterpiece... this is not the cracker-barrel blandness of some professional sage, as so often in America's ghost-written memoirs, but a wisdom of tragic insight and of hard-earned integrity' - Saturday Review

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