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Sankya, by Zakhar Prilepin

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Sankya, by Zakhar Prilepin

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Sasha “Sankya” Tishin, and his friends are part of a generation stuck between eras. They don’t remember the Soviet Union, but they also don’t believe in the promise of opportunity for all in the corrupt, capitalistic new Russia. They belong to an extremist group that wants to build a better Russia by tearing down the existing one. Sasha, alternately thoughtful and naïve, violent and tender, dispassionate and romantic, hopeful and hopeless, is torn between the dying village of his youth and the soulless capital, where he and his friends stage rowdy protests and do battle with the police. When they go too far, Sasha finds himself testing the elemental force of the protest movement in Russia and in himself.

Praise

"If you want to feel the real raw nerve of modern Russian life, what you need isn’t Anna Karenina—what you need is Sankya." — From the Foreword to the English edition of Sankya by Alexey Navalny

“…probably the most important writer in modern Russia, a sensitive and intelligent critic of his country’s condition.” —Newsweek

“Prilepin is the biggest event in today's Russian literature; his language reminds us of Tolstoy.” —Tatyana Tolstaya

"The novel is so vivid that it seems to be almost extremist."—Komsomolskaya Pravda

ABOUT ZAKHAR PRILEPIN

Zakhar Prilepin, one of Russia’s most acclaimed and widely translated contemporary authors, was born in 1975. He is the author of five award-winning novels, three short story collections, and several works of nonfiction. His works have received the top literary prizes in Russia. He lives in Nizhny Novgorod, where he is the regional editor of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta. Originally published in 2006, Sankya is a cult sensation in Russia, where it won the Yasnaya Polyana Award and was shortlisted for the Russian Booker and the National Bestseller Prize. Sankya is the basis for Kirill Serebrennikov’s popular play Thugs. He was recently featured in a documentary on new Russian writers hosted by British actor Stephen Fry called Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin.