What To Read In Summer: 10 New Vacation Books

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What To Read In Summer: 10 New Vacation Books
What To Read In Summer: 10 New Vacation Books
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Video: romance books that are perfect to read in SUMMER. 2023, February
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It's classic summer reading time, when in the city, at the dacha and on trips, we are looking for something new and exciting in the texts for which, at last, time has appeared. We have collected 10 books about fantasy, fear, creativity and loneliness and how to be friends with all these phenomena.

TEXT: Alexandra Bazhenova-Sorokina

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Florian Illies

And just now the sky was blue

Ad Marginem as part of a joint publishing program with Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Translated by Vitaly Serov

Florian Illies, a German art critic, writer and publicist, is known to the Russian reader primarily for his great book “1913. The Summer of a Whole Century "about the last year before the First World War, in which the staging of" The Sacred Spring ", Stalin's arrival in Vienna and many other events that somehow influenced the entire twentieth century intersect. The new book contains Illies' articles on German art and literature from 1997–2017, which are united by a love for romantic aesthetics and, of course, for the sky and clouds, which from century to century fall on the canvases of masters.

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Etgar Keret

Suddenly there is a knock on the door

Phantom Press. Translated by Linor Goralik

Writer, journalist, screenwriter and director Etgar Keret, born in Israel into a family of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, became famous for absurd stories and novellas in which political and social problems of modern Israel are mixed with fantastic plots. The tragicomic stories from the new collection "Suddenly Knocking at the Door" brings together the theme of lies and fiction that affects reality. One of the heroes finds himself in the land of lies, in which he meets the heroes of his own lies, the other - the writer - creates reality with every written sentence. The leitmotif is the idea that a dark fiction is always easier to believe, and a kind and light one is more difficult to create, although it is exactly what is needed.

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Haruki Murakami

The assassination of the commander

Eksmo. Translation by Andrey Zamilov

A new novel by the main Japanese writer of our time, which is famous for its extreme productivity. In the two-volume Murder of the Commander, the unnamed protagonist - the artist tries to clarify what exactly happened to him several months after his wife left him, he moved to a house in the mountains, where instead of abstract paintings he painted portraits, or taught. Fantastic elements are replacing everyday ones more and more every day, and at the same time the text becomes more and more beautiful and interesting.

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Olivia Lange

To the river. Travel under the surface

Ad Marginem as part of a joint publishing program with Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Translation by Alexandra Sokolinskaya

A book by Olivia Lange about a trip along the Ouse River in Sussex, known to most people for the fact that Virginia Woolf drowned in this river in 1941, will soon be published in Russian. Lang, the author of The Lonely City, unfolds her reflections on life, history and literature in a surprisingly subtle and poetical way, passing from one idea to another in a the path, in addition to the marvelous English landscapes, meets certain difficulties. But the most important thing here turns out to be a meeting with oneself, with one's past and experiencing loneliness as an important experience, but different from the one that Lang describes in his book about New York.

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Anja Dale Everby

Bergen

Boombook. Translated by Evgenia Vorobyova

Maria, a student from Bergen, is depressed. And although she seems to be living an ordinary life and it may seem that everything is in order, it is obvious that studies, work and relationships are given to her with great difficulty - she simply no longer has the resource for them.Maria openly talks about her depression, but no one really listens to her, and she, like most people, does not have the strength to cope on her own, even with the help of antidepressants.

The subtle, thoughtful and delicate visual language of the Norwegian comic book Anja Dale Everby shows how everyday life, even in an incredibly beautiful place, can literally lose all its colors and cease to evoke feelings. At times the main character is not easy to empathize with, but this is precisely where the artist's skill is manifested, creating a voluminous living image, and not a set of clichés on a current topic.

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Colson Whitehead

Underground railway

Corpus. Translation by Olga Novitskaya

The release of the Underground Railroad in Russian is one of the most important book events of this summer. The book by one of the most influential African American writers, Colson Whitehead, came out in 2016, has won numerous awards, including Pulitzer, and has already become a classic, which has been compared to Hugo's Les Miserables, Toni Morrison's Beloved and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

The story of the runaway slave Cora and her journey from the US south to the north by the underground railway (the author implements the metaphor of the runaway slave movement that existed in the US even before the outbreak of the Civil War, creating a fantastic rail network), from state to state, from one horror of slavery to to another, it is at the same time a historical canvas in the spirit of "12 years of slavery", speculative fiction and a commentary on the current state of affairs.

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Daniil Turovsky

Invasion. A brief history of Russian hackers

Individual Publishing

Journalist Daniil Turovsky - Meduza's special correspondent who has been covering cyber wars for many years - has written the most complete history of Russian hacking. Reading "Invasion", you come across a kind of parallel universe, which, however, affects the life of people and states more than you might imagine. Hackers, who seem to have appeared recently, have indeed become very influential over several decades. But hackers are very different people for whom the Internet and hacking meant and mean completely different things and who have the same ethical problems as any other people who have power and feel responsible for their actions.

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Anna Kozlova

Rurik

Phantom Press

A new novel by one of the main contemporary Russian writers, Anna Kozlova, has been published by the Phantom Press publishing house, which actually does not work with Russian literature, and this is significant. Kozlova, the author of the acclaimed novel "F20", has long proved that she can write evil, interesting and funny about very difficult things and at the same time not go into misanthropy. In the half-horror, half-melodrama, half-comedy "Rurik" all the best aspects of Kozlova's prose are manifested especially vividly - a famously twisted plot in which, stuffed with pulp fiction elements, the story of the beauty Martha who escaped from the boarding school becomes a great statement about the relationship between men and women.

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Olga Tokarchuk

Outlandish stories

Eksmo

Olga Tokarczuk is one of the most important contemporary Polish writers, the first Polish woman whose novel was received by Booker (The Runners), poet and human rights activist. In her prose, the fantastic and the real are intertwined, so that the result is filigree neo-Gothic in the spirit of both Gombrowich and Meyrink, and Chambers, Max Beerbohm and other European and American science fiction writers of an unscientific direction. In "Outlandish Stories", which were long-listed for the Yasnaya Polyana Prize, stories from different places and different historical eras are united by the author's interest in the nature of fear and the frightening, strange, thrillingly inexplicable, as well as how fantasies coexist with us.

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Evgeny Anisimov

Power and ax. Tsarist Power, Political Investigation and Russian Society in the 18th Century

New literary review

The eighteenth century in Russia is one of the strangest eras, which, after passing school and university exams, is the most difficult to reconstruct. Historian Yevgeny Anisimov rewrote his scientific work on political crimes, denunciations and detectives during this period for a wider audience so that the reader has a text that is both historical and modern - both the system of combating dissent and fear of the state machine exist in Russian culture more than one century and not two.

Anisimov, in a very personal foreword, talks about writing his book as a way to get rid of this "Great State Fear", but it is obvious that reading it can have a similar therapeutic effect. The stories of denunciations, interrogations and executions in Power and the Ax are both horrible, interesting and give a sense of a greater understanding of how the repressive apparatus works.

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