Anatoly Kurchatkin was born in Sverdlovsk, now Yekaterinburg. He
graduated from the Moscow Literary Institute in 1972 and his eagle
eye has been chronicling the changes in Russian society ever since.
Critics describe him as ‘a student of human behaviour with a firm
belief in basic principles of human decency’. A master of dialogue,
his writing has the resonance of parable.
He has won numerous prizes over the years, and his novels have been dramatized by the Moscow Art Theatre and turned into feature films. One of the most European of contemporary Russian writers, his work has been translated into ten languages.
Translated by Arch Tait
Glagoslav, London, 2017
Hardback, £29.50 ISBN 978-1-91141-430-8
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Translation kindly supported by the Institute for Literary
Anatoly Kurchatkin’s novel, set in Russia and Thailand, ranges
in time from the Brezhnev years of political stagnation, when Soviet
values seemed set to endure for eternity, through Gorbachev’s
Perestroika and the following tumultuous and disorientating decaes.
Under the surface, ancient currents are influencing the destinies of
mathematician Rad, art gallery owner Jenny, entrepreneur (and spy?)
Drone, American investor Chris, redundant Soviet diplomat Yelena and
Thai playboy Tony in a rapidly globalizing world of laptop
computers, mobile phones, credit cards and international finance.
The fourteenth-century battle in which the Prince of Muscovy,
inspired by St Sergius of Radonezh, defeated the Golden Horde of the
Mongol Empire foreshadows a modern struggle for the soul of Russia.