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“And he (Prilepin) is probably the most important writer in modern Russia, a sensitive and intelligent critic of his countrys condition. To understand Russia today, you need to understand Prilepin first and foremost because he doesnt fit into the preconceptions most outsiders have about the place. <…> Prilepin is an intensely male writerlike Ernest Hemingway, hes intoxicated with the rituals and bonds of maleness, and, by extension, war, which he sees as the ultimate test of manhood.”
Russias Young Hemingway/ NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE


“Its hard to explain the effect of Zakhar Prilepins book called Грех (Sin), which won this years National Bestseller prize. The book describes itself as a novel in short stories not quite accurate, since there is also a section of poetry and each piece about a young man named Zakhar establishes its own mood. All the stories, though, combine threads of tenderness, rage, and тоска (toska), an untranslatable Russian word that represents a sort of soulful yearning and worry.”
LIZOKS BOOSHIELF


"It is an intensely human story that takes you to a different place that, at the same time, feels familiar".
BOOKVIEWS by ALAN CARUBA


“Zakhar   Prilepins obsession with exploring the nature of Russian identity roots the book in a particular literary tradition. But his dark vision of Russian life in the novel “Sin” reveals that life can, and perhaps will, get better.”
RUSSIA BEYOUND THE HEADLINES

“Amid chaos, instead of complaining or joining criminals, Zakhar keeps his human dignity and integrity. He enjoys what he has and life as it is. He loves and is being loved. For Zakhar, under the veil of male toughness and physical strength, there is also a caring and tender heart.“
OTTAWA LIFE MAGAZINE


“Prilepin is the biggest event in today’s Russian literature; his language reminds us of Tolstoy,”
TATYANA TOLSTAYA, famous Russian writer

“This book gives  you the impulse to live your life to the fullest without shallow hesitations,”
DMITRY BYKOV, famous Russian writer and journalist

“ … this writer has simply become a phenomenon which
is impossible to ignore,”
ALEXANDER GARROS, famous Russian writer

Other publications:

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

THE NEW YORKER


BOOKS FROM RUSSIA


A Chronicler of the brutal and the everyday/RUSSIA BEYOND THE HEADLINES  

THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES


Interview with Zakhar Prilepin:


RUSSIAN MIND



 
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