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Vita Nostra

Vita Nostra The definitive English language translation of the internationally bestselling Ukrainian novel a brilliant dark fantasy with the potential to be a modern classic Lev Grossman combining psychological

  • Title: Vita Nostra
  • Author: Marina Dyachenko
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 408
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The definitive English language translation of the internationally bestselling Ukrainian novel a brilliant dark fantasy with the potential to be a modern classic Lev Grossman , combining psychological suspense, enchantment, and terror that makes us consider human existence in a fresh and provocative way.Our life is brief.While vacationing at the beach with her moth The definitive English language translation of the internationally bestselling Ukrainian novel a brilliant dark fantasy with the potential to be a modern classic Lev Grossman , combining psychological suspense, enchantment, and terror that makes us consider human existence in a fresh and provocative way.Our life is brief.While vacationing 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 an air of the sinister directs her to perform a task with potentially scandalous consequences He rewards her effort with a strange golden coin.As the days progress, Sasha carries out other acts for which she receives coins from Kozhennikov As summer ends, her 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 school, she also feels 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 special technologies are unlike anything she has ever encountered The books are impossible to read, the lessons obscure to the point of maddening, and the work refuses memorization Using terror and coercion to keep the students in line, the school does not

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    About "Marina Dyachenko"

    1. Marina Dyachenko

      Marina and Sergey Dyachenko co authors of novels, short fiction, plays and scripts They primarily write in Russian and in the past also in Ukrainian with several novels translated into English and published in the United States These include, Vita Nostra 2012 , The Scar 2012 , The Burned Tower 2012 , and Age of Witches 2014 The primary genres of their books are modern spe Marina and Sergey Dyachenko co authors of novels, short fiction, plays and scripts They primarily write in Russian and in the past also in Ukrainian with several novels translated into English and published in the United States These include, Vita Nostra 2012 , The Scar 2012 , The Burned Tower 2012 , and Age of Witches 2014 The primary genres of their books are modern speculative fiction, fantasy, and literary tales

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    1. At the start of this novel, 16 year old Sasha Samokhina is on a seaside vacation with her mother, where after a few days she finds herself stalked by a mysterious man with pale skin and dark glasses She is eventually confronted by this stranger, who entreats Sasha to wake up at 4 am every morning, go to the beach, take off all her clothes, and swim to a buoy and back She reluctantly agrees to this strange task, and as soon as she s back on shore that first morning, she starts to vomit gold coi A [...]


    2. Sometimes a book is so custom made for me that I am unsure whether I can reasonably recommend it to anyone or if the reading experience was incredible just because the book hit all my favourite things This is one of those times Combining some of my greatest loves in fiction dark fantasy, inspired by Russian literature, set in the middle of nowhere with plenty of snow, combining boarding school tropes with unconventional storytelling, this book was everything to me.This book follows Sasha, who So [...]


    3. This is a most unusual novel, especially for Western readers It s strange and thoughtful and dark, full of psychological twists and turns, metaphysical tangents, and the desperately humorous shenanigans of young adults carrying on at a grim Russian boarding school that is turning them all into what, they do not exactly know.I described Marina and Sergey Dyachenko s novel The Scar as swords sorcery if written by Fyodor Dostoevsky I don t think I m stretching the Russian lit analogy t This is a mo [...]


    4. Who in the world wrote this book s blurb, comparing Vita Nostra to, of all things, Katherine Arden s The Bear and the Nightingale I know they both are set in Russia, but what do they really have in common Snow Don t be fooled, and if you want to pick up Vita Nostra because you liked The Bear and the Nightingale, just don t, ok If you need another fix of Russian bear, fur hats and balalaikas nonsense, Leigh Bardugo can supply those Vita Nostra was written by Russian authors, about Who in the worl [...]



    5. How is this baffling, esoteric, paranormal weirdness also the most accurate depiction of higher education I ve ever read



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