Reasons for Living by Dmitry Bakin

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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 characters—an 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 animosity—are 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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Andrew Bromfield is a founding editor of the Russian literature journal GLAS, and has translated into English works from authors as diverse as Tolstoy, Michael Bulgakov, and, more recently, Sergei Lukyanenko, whose NIGHT WATCH series has sold more than three million copies worldwide.
Published August 1, 2002 by Granta UK. 150 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Disaffection and brutality permeate post-WWII Soviet life in Dmitry Bakin's short story collection, Reasons for Living.

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