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The Vital Needs Of The Dead


The Vital Needs Of The Dead by Igor Sakhnovsky
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Love, death and memory breathe in unison in the first novel by Igor Sakhnovsky. A boy is growing up in a small Soviet town beyond the Urals. There is a person in his life whose unobtrusive devotion will stay with him and see him through all hardships.

This semi-biographical story of ‘sentimental education’ of a young man in a Russian province chronicles his life from childhood to university years, with his first love to an older woman, his attempt to break out of the provincial morass and the choices he has to make.

The book leaves the reader sensing that there is ‘nothing more terrifying, beautiful and fantastical than the so-called real life’. The book was highly acclaimed in Russia and firmly established Igor Sakhnovsky as one of the most interesting Russian writers of today. The novel gained Sakhnovsky the prestigious Hawthornden Fellowship (other winners have included Ian Rankin, Alasdair Gray and Hilary Spurling, among others).


This title has been realised by a team of the following dedicated professionals:

Translated by Julia Kent,

Edited by Nina Chordas,

Maxim Hodak - Максим Ходак (Publisher), 

Max Mendor - Макс Мендор (Director), 

Yana Kovalskaya and Camilla Stein.

Glagoslav Publications Limited; August 2012
162 pages; ISBN 9781909156197
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Title: The Vital Needs Of The Dead
Author: Igor Sakhnovsky