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The Resource Vita nostra, by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko ; translation by Julia Meitov Hersey

Vita nostra, by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko ; translation by Julia Meitov Hersey

Label
Vita nostra
Title
Vita nostra
Statement of responsibility
by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko ; translation by Julia Meitov Hersey
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Language
  • eng
  • ukr
  • eng
Summary
Our life is brief . . . The definitive English language translation of the internationally best-selling Russian novel - a brilliant dark fantasy combining psychological suspense, enchantment, and terror that makes us consider human existence in a fresh and provocative way. À book that has the potential to become a modern classic.' Lev Grossman, best-selling author of The Magicians Our life is brief . . . While on holiday at the beach with her mother, Sasha Samokhina meets the mysterious Farit Kozhennikov under the most peculiar circumstances. The teenage girl is powerless to refuse when this strange and unusual man with a sinister air directs her to perform strange and uncomfortable tasks. He rewards her efforts with a strange golden coin. As the days progress, Sasha carries out other acts for which she receives more coins from Kozhennikov. As summer ends, her new domineering mentor directs her to move to a remote village and use her gold to enter the Institute of Special Technologies. Though she does not want to go to this unknown town or university, she also feels that somehow it's the only place she should be. Against her mother's wishes, Sasha leaves behind all that is familiar and begins her education. As she quickly discovers, the institute's s̀pecial technologies' are unlike anything she has ever encountered. The books are impossible to read, the lessons maddeningly obscure, and the work refuses memorization. Using terror and coercion to keep the students in line, the school does not punish them for their transgressions and failures; instead, their families pay a terrible price. Yet despite her fear, Sasha undergoes changes that defy the dictates of matter and time; experiences which are nothing she has ever dreamed of... and suddenly all she could ever want. A complex blend of adventure, magic, science, and philosophy, filtered through a distinct Russian sensibility, this astonishing work - brilliantly translated by Julia Meitov Hersey - is reminiscent of modern classics such as Lev Grossman's The Magicians, Max Barry's Lexicon, and Katherine Arden's The Bear and the Nightingale, but will transport them to a place fantastical and new
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YDX
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Diachenko, Marina
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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1945-
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  • Diachenko, Serhii
  • Hersey, Julia Meitov
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  • Private schools
  • Magic
Label
Vita nostra, by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko ; translation by Julia Meitov Hersey
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • This item was generously purchased by the Friends of the Thunder Bay Public Library. 39341012505247
  • Translated from the Russian
Control code
on1016050331
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
406 pages
Isbn
9780062694591
Label
Vita nostra, by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko ; translation by Julia Meitov Hersey
Publication
Note
  • This item was generously purchased by the Friends of the Thunder Bay Public Library. 39341012505247
  • Translated from the Russian
Control code
on1016050331
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
406 pages
Isbn
9780062694591

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