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Brisbane: A Novel

Translated from the original Russian
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

From the author of the international bestseller, Laurus, comes a richly layered coming-of-age story in which a musical prodigy, robbed of his talent by an incurable disease, attempts to overcome his mortality. Through well-wrought vignettes and dialogue in the original Ukrainian, Vodolazkin shows the ways in which these identities are inextricably linked and expressed through the push and pull of loyalties big and small. After Gleb Yanovsky, a celebrated guitarist, is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he permits a writer, Sergei Nesterov, to pen his biography. In a mischievous and tender account, Gleb recalls a personal story of a lifetime quest for meaning, and how the burden of success changes with age. Expanding the literary universe spun in his earlier novels, Vodolazkin explores music and fame, heritage and belonging, time and memory. In a dueling interplay between Gleb’s first-person recollections and Nesterov’s interpretation, the carefully knit stitches unravel into a puzzle: Whose story is it: the subject’s or the writer’s? Are art and love really no match for death? Is memory a reliable narrator? In Brisbane, the city of our dreams, as in music, Gleb hopes he has found a path to eternity and a way to stop the clock.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Eugene
Vodolazkin

Eugene Vodolazkin was born in Kyiv, Ukraine. His second novel, Laurus, won both of Russia’s major literary awards, the National Big Book Award and the Yasnaya Polyana Book Award, and was shortlisted for the National Bestseller Prize and the Russian Booker Prize. His debut novel, Solovyov and Larionov, was shortlisted for the Andrei Bely Prize and the Big Book Award. Vodolazkin works in the department of Old Russian Literature at Pushkin House. He is an expert in medieval history and folklore and has numerous academic books and articles to his name. Vodolazkin lives with his family in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Eugene Vodolazkin was born in Kyiv, Ukraine. His second novel, Laurus, won both of Russia’s major literary awards, the National Big Book Award and the Yasnaya Polyana Book Award, and was shortlisted for the National Bestseller Prize and the Russian Booker Prize. His debut novel, Solovyov and Larionov, was shortlisted for the Andrei Bely Prize and the Big Book Award. Vodolazkin works in the department of Old Russian Literature at Pushkin House. He is an expert in medieval history and folklore and has numerous academic books and articles to his name. Vodolazkin lives with his family in St. Petersburg, Russia.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Marian
Schwartz

Marian Schwartz is the English translator of Nina Berberova’s works, the New York Times bestseller The Last Tsar, by Edvard Radzinsky, and classics by Mikhail Bulgakov, Ivan Goncharov, Yuri Olesha, Mikhail Lermontov, and Leo Tolstoy. She is a past president of the American Literary Translators Association and the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowships and numerous prizes.

Marian Schwartz is the English translator of Nina Berberova’s works, the New York Times bestseller The Last Tsar, by Edvard Radzinsky, and classics by Mikhail Bulgakov, Ivan Goncharov, Yuri Olesha, Mikhail Lermontov, and Leo Tolstoy. She is a past president of the American Literary Translators Association and the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowships and numerous prizes.

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Brisbane is a new novel by the the international bestselling author Eugene Vodolazkin – the winner of the Big Book Award, the Leo Tolstoy Yasnaya Polyana Award, and the Read Russia Award, the finalist of the Russian Booker Award. Vodolazkin also won the Solzhenitsyn Prize in 2019.  He is a modern Thinker and Peacemaker who continues to develop traditions and heritage of a grand philosophical novel.

–  All Russia State Library for Foreign Literature

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
03/05/2022
Country
Russia
Original Language
Russian
Publisher
Plough Publishing
Translator
Marian Schwartz
Translation
Translated from the original Russian

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