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"A Quintessential Russian Novel"

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Phoebe Taplin has written a wonderful review in Russia Beyond the Headlines of Andrei Gelasimov's newest title, Into the Thickening Fog:

Into the Thickening Fog often feels like a quintessential Russian novel: it starts with a bout of heavy drinking, is set in a frozen northern city, and features dogs, demons and existential angst. Andrei Gelasimov’s novels have earned him numerous awards, and this 2015 offering, just out in English, has many hallmarks of his prize-winning playful style.

And she has kind words for my translation as well:

This is the fifth Gelasimov novel that Marian Schwartz has translated, and she is a past master at capturing his allusive, elusive style. Here, his free-range references flap from classical (Circe, Charybdis), biblical (friendship three times denied) and Shakespearean (leaping, like Hamlet, into his dead wife’s grave or quoting Macbeth’s sound and fury) to pop cultural (his noisy breathing like a “raspy, unintelligible, and infinitely lonely Darth Vader”, hair standing up like Doc Brown’s in Back to the Future).

 

Read the whole review here.

Andrei Gelasimov's "Into the Thickening Fog"

Into the Thickening Fog coverInto the Thickening Fog, my fifth Gelasimov translation (following Thirst, The Lying Year, Gods of the Steppe,and Rachel), has just been published by AmazonCrossing.

This time the author takes us to the equivalent of Yakutsk, where a hometown boy who has made good in Moscow as a film director has returned in the dead of winter to clear his bad conscience, only to encounter a city on the brink of catastrophe as it finds out exactly what extreme cold means when the city's central heating supply partially shuts down and evacuation is not an option. 

Coming to America: Polina Dashkova

Dashkova Madness Treads Lightly coverWe now have a cover for Polina Dashkova's fabulous crime novel, Madness Treads Lightly--my first foray into popular fiction, and a grand one it is.

Dashkova is one of the best-selling crime writers in Russia and a great favorite all over Europe, and now, at last, English-language readers get their turn.

If you like a good crime story brought to a ringing conclusion by a smart, brave woman, this is definitely the book for you.

Throw in exotic Siberia and a brilliant sociopath and you're there!

Look for it in September (if not sooner)!

Into the Thickening Fog, by Andrei Gelasimov

Into the Thickening Fog

by Andrei Gelasimov

Translated from the Russian by Marian Schwartz

AmazonCrossing, 2017

A French theater agrees to stage the latest work by Filippov--the mmost prestigious and lucrative opportunity of his infamous career--but first he must sever ties with his longtime collaborator and childhood friend. So the internationally acclaimed Russian director makes a reluctant trip back to his hometown to deliver the news. His journey to the Far North, where the temperature remains dangerously low all winter, unexpectedly blurs the distinction between reality and art for this virtuoso, who prides himself on his ability to create shocking scenes and outrageous situations. And after the city's power grid goes off-line, the brutal cold just might get the better of him.

The colder it gets, the more wickedly funny Filippov's boozy exploits, which unravel into an unexpected chain of events--including run-ins with old lovers, meeting a woman who might be his daughter, encounters with the devil, and the unlikely affection of a dog that, like Filippov, is in desperate need of warmth.

PRAISE FOR THE TRANSLATION

This is the fifth Gelasimov novel that Marian Schwartz has translated, and she is a past master at capturing his allusive, elusive style. Here, his free-range references flap from classical (Circe, Charybdis), biblical (friendship three times denied) and Shakespearean (leaping, like Hamlet, into his dead wife’s grave or quoting Macbeth’s sound and fury) to pop cultural (his noisy breathing like a “raspy, unintelligible, and infinitely lonely Darth Vader”, hair standing up like Doc Brown’s in Back to the Future). -- Phoebe Taplin, Russia Beyond the Headlines

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Madness Treads Lightly, by Polina Dashkova

Dashkova Madness Treads Lightly coverMadness Treads Lightly

by Polina Dashkova

Translated from the Russian by Marian Schwartz

AmazonCrossing, 2017

Only three people can connect a present-day murderer to a serial killer who, fourteen years ago, terrorized a small Siberian town. And one of them is already dead.

As a working mother, Lena Polyanskaya has her hands full. She’s busy caring for her two-year-old daughter, editing a successful magazine, and supporting her husband, a high-ranking colonel in counterintelligence. She doesn’t have time to play amateur detective. But when a close friend’s suspicious death is labeled a suicide, she’s determined to prove he wouldn’t have taken his own life.

As Lena digs in to her investigation, all clues point to murder—and its connection to a string of grisly cold-case homicides that stretches back to the Soviet era. When another person in her circle falls victim, Lena fears she and her family may be next. She’s determined to do whatever it takes to protect them. But will learning the truth unmask a killer...or put her and her family in even more danger?

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. . . captivating storytelling, distinctive characters, and the eternal conundrum of Russia itself. -- Publishers Weekly starred review

Publishers Weekly Gives Dashkova Starred Review

Dashkova Madness Treads Lightly coverPublishers Weekly has given a starred review to Polina Dashkova's new crime novel, Madness Treads Lightly:

Moscow journalist Lena Polyanskaya, the heroine of this high-stakes thriller from best-selling Russian crime queen Dashkova (here making her English-language debut), knows better than most the risks of asking too many questions. Lena’s husband is a counterintelligence officer in the interior ministry. But when her best friend Olga’s brother, Mitya, hangs himself in a suspicious “suicide,” followed days later by his widow’s fatal apparent overdose, she feels compelled to investigate—putting herself and her precocious two-year-old daughter on a collision course with a serial killer. Lena scrambles to piece together the scant clues available, which appear to point back 14 years to the summer of 1982, when she, Mitya, and Olga were traveling by train through Siberia as part of an internship to promote a youth magazine—during which two young women were raped and murdered in the remote regions they were visiting. The sweeping plot, sinister as the Siberian taiga, does rely overly on coincidence, but such contrivance is more than outweighed by captivating storytelling, distinctive characters, and the eternal conundrum of Russia itself.

 

If you're into crime novels with smart heroines, exotic locales, and mind-boggling crimes, this one's for you!

Due out this September from AmazonCrossing.

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