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The Light and the Dark by Mikhail Shishkin – review | Books | The Guardian

Which is not to say that he is not also interested in character. The book is fragmented in a way that could be really cool but mostly shisshkin really pretentious. The danger in translation is obvious: Maidenhair consists of a variety of life-accounts.

Vergelijk het met een kermis die zijn katerige geseling waard is. Well, after an honest effort I’m abandoning this book. These alternative perspectives are threaded through the narrative; both sets of letters converge on the legends of Prester John, the mythical, eastern king.

The Light and the Dark by Mikhail Shishkin – review

It did sometimes feel like atrocity porn, like the author got off on the grotesque beauty of wartorn horrorshow. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Or at least it seems like top-notch prose — same with the various approaches employed. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mikhail Pavlovich Shishkin. Loading comments… Trouble loading? It’s about clarifying circumstances. There are, roughly, three narrative lines which structure the novel: Because the admission of Gesuchstellers is dependent on them having a genuine need to be fleeing their respective nations, they must tell traumatic stories of violence, oppression and personal horror to convince Peter, the interviewer, to give them asylum.


Simply put, it is true literature, a phenomenon we encounter too rarely in any language. It also comes out as another take on quantum theory. The writing is often so tightly packed with literary allusion and verbal trickery that it makes googling every second sentence a constant temptation.

I read maybe pages pages — or so with something like pleasure or engagement, following the story of the young singer’s apostrophe-happy diary entries about a boy at the front, also the interpreter’s time in Rome with his wife thinking about an idealized deceased boyfriend.

Maidenhair by Mikhail Shishkin

Maar ze lopen ook nog in elkaar over, doorkruisen dus hun eigen grenzen. Als je dit boek van a tot z uitleest, krijg je van ons een schouderklopje.

How can you convince anyone of the truth when the only evidence you have is your word? Story is alive in this novel as a character.

Shishkin moved to Zurich inbut currently lives in Berlin. Maidenhair opens with a reference to Xenophon, which the interpreter is reading during his breaks, and then plunges into a series of shishkjn with asylum seekers, maidenhzir from Chechnya, recounting horrors.

Mar 13, Joe Milazzo rated it really liked it. Post April 10, Order by newest oldest recommendations. The interpreter finds his counterpart and double in Bella Dmitrievna, who, like him, has lost a lover and a child, and who, like him, is an interpreter.

In ons dagelijks leven stoten we steeds op grenzen van lelijkheid en dood, en zitten we ook vast aan patronen en hokjes, maar in onze verbeelding kunnen we daar tenminste voor even aan ontsnappen. Maidenhair is the first Russian book of the 21st-century to appear in English translation that can be truly counted as an instant classic in the broad field of world literature, capable of being taught in university classrooms and discussed in book clubs for centuries to come.


Mar 11, Catherine Blass rated it liked it Shelves: It’s a bit like somebody put the stories from dozens of classic texts – including Russian and ancient Greek history, Chekhov, Gogol’s “The Nose”, Dostoevsky, Pushkin, Turgenev, Dante, The Old TestamentLongus’ Daphnis and ChloeTristan and Iseultand others I’m probably forgetting – into a splicing machine which jumbled them up, re-organized them and spat them back out in the form of this extraordinary book.

What if on the last page mxidenhair is a final full stop, can nothing be changed anymore? It doesn’t help that the book’s great climax is in my least favorite literary style that is actually a style, that of stuttering fragments: Art can change and restore reality: Think of it more like listening to music – the prose is that good.

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M ikhail Shishkin is arguably Russia’s greatest living novelist and the only writer so far to win all three major Russian book prizes. They can be moved forward and back. And of course, in Joyce, and for it being one option among many. He averages maidenhiar book every five years. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.