ISBN 9781590203095 | 448 pages | 18 Mar 2010 | Overlook | 9.25 x 6.25in | 18 - AND UP
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Winner of the Russian Booker Prize, a sensational novel of Russia set exactly 100 years after the revolutionPraise for 2017
In the year 2017 in Russia-exactly 100 years after the revolution-poets and writers are obsolete, class distinctions are painfully sharp, and spirits intervene in the lives of humans from their home high in the mythical Riphean Mountains.
Professor Anfilogov, a wealthy and emotionless man, sets out on an expedition to unearth priceless rubies that no one else has been able to locate. Young Krylov, a talented gem cutter who Anfilogov had taken under his wing, is seeing off his mentor at the train station when he is drawn to a mysterious stranger who calls herself Tanya. A scandalous affair ensues, but trouble arises in the shape of Krylov's ex-wife Tamara and a spy who appears at the lovers' every rendezvous. As events unfold, Krylov begins to learn more than he bargained for about the women in his life and realizes why he recognizes the spy from somewhere deep within his past. Meanwhile, Anfilogov's expedition reveals ugly truths about man's disregard for nature and the disasters stemming from insatiable greed.
Olga Slavnikova stuns with this engaging and remarkable tale of love, obsession, murder, and the lengths people will go to get what they want.
"It is an unsettling but satisfying experience." -- The New York Journal of Books
"Slavnikova is a cheeky, intelligent, and forceful storyteller, and the book-which won the 2006 Russian Booker Prize-is a love story and treasure hunt, with the unlikely, downtrodden hero Krylov at the helm... Slavnikova is a thoroughly modern writer; her cutting humor and over-the-top descriptions of classic Russian characters and nouveau-riche thugs recall Russian-born American writer Gary Shteyngart... Though the plot twists can be outlandish, Slavnikova's sensitivity to detail, character, and the human condition keeps 2017 clear in the reader's mind, long after the excursion is over." -ForeWord
"But Slavnikova's characters are magnetizing, and her crystal clear vision of a world in which "commercial infinities" choke off humanism and art is salubriously caustic."- Booklist
"In short, a gem." - Russian Life
"Slavnikova's style - rich, mystical, sometimes almost incantatory - is also striking...2017 is an odd piece of work, but it has its rewards." -- Complete Review
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