the beginning of spring - a difficult time, when opportunities for recreation are limited not only by time, but also by the weather. Well, reading works as an ideal leisure time, helping to survive bad weather outside and physical and mental exhaustion inside. We've put together eight exciting spring books to make the warmth more comfortable.
Text: Alexandra Bazhenova-Sorokina
Helene Delforge, Quentin Greban
The addresses of mothers to their children are sold in bookstores as "children's literature," but this classification is not necessary to believe. It will be difficult for a child to understand the lyrical texts of a woman leaving for war, a minor mother or mother from Paris in the 1930s, but adults really need them.
In the publication with marvelous illustrations, there was a place for a conversation about the difficulties of parenting, and a confession of maternal love, and a reminder that you are not alone, no matter how far your mother is. The stories here are personal, not national - it's not for nothing that the country and time are not indicated.
David Duchovny is not only a musician and actor - he has been writing witty books for several years. The new novel "Miss Subway" is just one of them - the story of Emer from New York, who is not very happy for various reasons, both amuses and saddens, and, what is pleasant, does not pretend to be anything.
At the same time, in the text of Duchovny, in the manner of some "American Gods", there is a time loop, and myths multiplied by everyday life, and, of course, the New York subway. Unlike Rubanov's just-released "Finista - the Clear Falcon" - a Slavic fantasy that turned a girl power legend into a story about three men - "Miss Subway" in her rendition of the story about Cuchulainn and Emer focuses on the woman.
Sanna Hukkanen, Inkeri Aula
Under the cover of the forest
"Under the Cover of the Forest" is a kind of collection of stories about trees, united by a key idea: the everyday life of vegetation is not so different from ours. Ecology, history of Finland (and the Russian North!) And local mythology merge into a poetic statement, close and, apparently, inspired by the comic strip "Here" by Richard McGuire.
In the center of each chapter, a new tree image and a new design: styles range from children's collage with dried flowers to complex graphics. And although the components differ in style and atmosphere, the book is perceived as a single and indivisible whole - a quivering and tender statement about the native land without a shadow of the political.
As a legacy from Soviet times, we got the image of a brave traveler struggling with the elements - just like daddy Chuka and Geka, this is certainly a stern man-geologist in a sweater under his throat. Of course, this is nothing more than a stereotype, as the artist Yulia Nikitina proves: she travels around Russia and keeps a diary, which becomes not only a travel chronicle, but also evidence of a life with an anxiety disorder. So, a storm - not only literal, but also metaphorical - very accurately illustrates the inner world, with which it is no easier to negotiate than with nature.
The secret life of trees. How they feel, how they communicate - the discovery of the innermost world
HSE Publishing House
Popularly written non-fiction in Russian does not appear often, but this is exactly what Peter Volleben's book turns out to be. The German forester values trees as trade objects, works with tourists and scientists who visit his land, and tends forest cemeteries - burials without coffins in biodegradable materials that are becoming more popular. His story about trees sometimes pretends to be scientific, but it is worth remembering that first of all we are talking about the opportunity to look at the familiar world with different eyes - and to see creatures so unlike us that their existence is difficult to comprehend as life.
Sixth extinction. An unnatural story
Every year it becomes more and more unpleasant to talk about global warming and the human influence on the biosphere - and more and more necessary. Journalist and science popularizer Elizabeth Colbert won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for her book on the history of extinction.Colbert was able to clearly talk about the five previous waves of extinction on Earth and how much in nature disappears without a trace - including through human fault. She describes in detail and in detail all the changes that have already led - or will lead to - an increase in air and ocean temperatures, alternating statistical calculations and scientific explanations with personal observations and stories that make the problem clearer and closer.
The saga of the Russian revolution
The Government House, also known as the House on the Embankment, has long been a part of Soviet history, literature and mythology. The famous novel by Trifonov is dedicated to him, the book "Children of the Enemies of the People" by Inna Shikheeva-Geister begins with him, but not a single statement about this strange architectural structure and about the experience of building a utopia in a single house is sufficient.
In March, a book by the American historian Yuri Slezkin is published in Russia about the history of the government house and its inhabitants, but primarily about how the Soviet religion and its central temple were created and turned into. Tolstoy's volume and scope, the work was first published in the United States and has already entered the lists of the best books of the year by The New York Times and is confidently walking around the world.
Taming. 10 species that changed the world
Global history needs to be explored not only
through the artifacts of human culture - this turn in scientific and popular science literature happened quite recently, but thanks to the deafening success of Yuval Noah Harrari's books about the world in general, this approach is becoming more popular every year. British scientist Eli Roberts - an anthropologist, osteoarchaeologist and anatomist - has already written seven popular science books and has programs on BBC Two and Channel 4.
The seventh book of her authorship - "Taming" - is the story of one of the most important periods in the history of mankind, the transition from a completely hunting lifestyle to a culture of cultivation of land and animal husbandry. Roberts is fascinating, but without unnecessary pathos and sensationalism, he tells how people tamed such different types of plants and animals, where they came from and how these species have genetically changed and how these changes affect our life today. Spoiler alert: This is very confusing.