Dmitry Bakin’s collection of 7 stories recall folktales and the Bible in their primal power, but his taut, unsparing style is uniquely his own. In a world of permanent upheaval, his charactersan orphan who appears in a village at the end of World War II, a man who builds his house around where he sleeps, two young military recruits hypnotized by their animosityare searching for security, freedom, or certainty against all odds. Set in the Russian countryside, this is the first collection by the 36-year-old Bakin translated into English.
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Published August 1, 2002
by Granta UK.
Literature & Fiction.