By Maryna Dyachenko, Serhiy Dyachenko, Julia Meitov Hersey
Translated from Russian by means of Julia Meitov Hersey
The phrases VITA NOSTRA, or “our life,” come from an previous Latin pupil anthem Gaudeamus : “Vita nostra brevis est, Brevi finietur” or “Our lifestyles is short, it's going to almost immediately finish ..."
The heroine of the unconventional has been pressured right into a likely unattainable state of affairs. opposed to her will, she needs to input the Institute of specified applied sciences. A slightest misstep or failure at school—and the students’ household pay a cost. ruled by way of worry and coercion, Sasha will examine the which means of the word "In the start used to be the observe ..."
VITA NOSTRA is an exciting trip into the inner most mysteries of lifestyles, a dizzying experience, a gap right into a international that nobody has ever defined, a global that frightens and draws the readers of the radical.
The novel combines the likely incongruous aspects—spectacular adventures and philosophical intensity, really good modifications and mental accuracy, complexity of moral matters and mundane info of city existence.
VITA NOSTRA loved a substantial severe acclaim in Russia. It has obtained 8 significant literary prizes and has been named the easiest novel of the 21st century within the sci-fi/fantasy style (Prize of Prizes, Eurocon-2008, Moscow). it's been translated into a number of languages.
VITA NOSTRA has been optioned by way of Timur Bekmambetov, director and manufacturer (NIGHT WATCH, sought after and others).
“The Dyachenkos are rather potentially some of the best sleek Russian-language fiction writers operating within the style of the allegorical novel. The emotional lavishness in their prose reaches past barriers. The measure of self-identification with the nature that they require in their reader will be in comparison merely with the all-encompassing feeling of love.”
—The Viva magazine
“They create an amazing international, occasionally chilling and scary, occasionally shockingly appealing and weird. the mix of 2 enormously assorted people—different in age, temperament, and former occupations (Marina was once an actress, Sergey—a psychiatrist) provides us an opportunity to the touch the truth of miracles.”
—The Peter publication magazine
“Vita Nostra—it's a publication that has the capability to develop into a contemporary vintage of its genre.”
—Lev Grossman, a novelist, a senior author and booklet critic for TIME magazine
“One factor is clear—Marina and Sergey Dyachenko are avidly learn by way of either the intellectuals and people who by no means learn. within the period of competitive militant immorality, Marina and Sergey dared to put their cash at the international created via them, the realm that's essentially moral. it's a international during which the victors are judged.”
—News of the Capital newspaper
"The curiosity in a individual, within the depths of his soul is the most topic of any paintings by means of the Dyachenkos...”
—The New international magazine
“VITA NOSTRA is a delusion, yet a delusion so genuine that, having grew to become its final web page, i assumed that Marina and Sergey Dyachenko by some means recognize every thing that occurred to me through the first 12 months of my grownup existence. i'm so thankful to them for giving me one other probability to relive these reviews; with the entire technique of cinematography at my disposal, i'm going to do my most sensible to express the magic of these times.”
—Timur Bekmambetov, movie director, manufacturer
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When at last Hazel had got him back to the ditch, he refused at first to go underground and Hazel had almost to push him down the hole. The sun set behind the opposite slope. The wind turned colder, with a scatter of rain, and in less than an hour it was dark. All color had faded from the sky: and although the big board by the gate creaked slightly in the night wind (as though to insist that it had not disappeared in the darkness, but was still firmly where it had been put), there was no passer-by to read the sharp, hard letters that cut straight as black knives across its white surface.
Evidently there were nesting holes in the sheer face below them, for as the light grew they saw three or four martins dart out over the stream and away into the fields beyond. In a short time one returned with his beak full, and they could hear the nestlings squeaking as he flew out of sight beneath their feet. The bank did not extend far in either direction. Upstream, it sloped down to a grassy path between the trees and the water. This followed the line of the river, which ran straight from almost as far away as they could see, flowing smoothly without fords, gravel shallows or plank bridges.
At this moment, as he was still wondering what to say to them, he suddenly realized that something had lightened his spirits. What could it be? A smell? A sound? Then he knew. Nearby, across the river, a lark had begun to twitter and climb. It was morning. A blackbird called one or two deep, slow notes and was followed by a wood pigeon. Soon they were in a gray twilight and could see that the stream bordered the further edge of the wood. On the other side lay open fields. 8. The Crossing The centurion ...