The Year of the Comet

The Year of the Comet

Paperback - 2017
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"You read and reread Lebedev's lyrical, cutting prose with equal amounts of awe and enjoyment. This gorgeously written, unsettling novel--a rare work about the fall of the Soviet Union as told through the eyes of a child--leaves us with a fresh understanding of that towering moment in recent history."-- Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

From the critically acclaimed author of Oblivion comes Year of the Comet , a story of a Russian boyhood and coming of age as the Soviet Union is on the brink of collapse. An idyllic childhood takes a sinister turn. Rumors of a serial killer haunt the neighborhood, families pack up and leave town without a word of warning, and the country begins to unravel. Policemen stand by as protesters overtake the streets, knowing that the once awe-inspiring symbols of power they wear on their helmets have become devoid of meaning. Lebedev depicts a vast empire coming apartat the seams, transforming a very public moment into something tender and personal, and writes with stunning beauty and shattering insight about childhood and the growing consciousness of a boy in the world.

Sergei Lebedev was born in Moscow in 1981 and worked for seven years on geological expeditions in Russia and Central Asia. Lebedev is a poet, essayist and journalist. Oblivion , his first novel, was published in 2016 by New Vessel Press, to great acclaim.


Uniform Title: God komety. English.
Publisher: New York : New Vessel Press, 2017.
ISBN: 9781939931412
193993141X
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 245 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Bouis, Antonina W. - Translator

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