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Oblivion by Sergei Lebedev
"Rich in textures, colors, sounds, and visual details ... The best of Russia's younger generation of writers."--The New York Review of Books In one of the first twenty-first century Russian novels to probe the legacy of the Soviet prison camp system, a young man travels to the vast wastelands of the Far North to uncover the truth about a shadowy neighbor who saved his life, and whom he knows only as Grandfather II. What he finds, among the forgotten mines and decrepit barracks of former gulags, is a world relegated to oblivion, where it is easier to ignore both the victims and the executioners than to come to terms with a terriblepast. This disturbing tale evokes the great and ruined beauty of a land where man and machine worked in tandem with nature to destroy millions of lives during the Soviet century. Emerging from today's Russia, where the ills of the past are being forcefully erased from public memory, this masterful novel represents an epic literary attempt to rescue history from the brink of oblivion. Sergei Lebedevwas born in Moscow in 1981 and worked for seven years on geological expeditions in northern Russia and Central Asia. His first novel,Oblivion, has been translated into many languages.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)891.73 — Literature Literature of other languages Literature of east Indo-European and Celtic languages Russian and East Slavic languages Russian fiction
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