Reviews - The Vital Needs Of The Dead by Igor Sakhnovsky

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“Sakhnovsky’s writing gives out an impression that there’s nothing more scary, beautiful and fantastic than the so called real life. The sub-title of this work of prose says ‘chronicles’. Not fiction, but real circumstances of one’s own life that Sakhnovsky learned to feel when they line up as if living entities waiting to be noticed, learned to channel into his work from, as it looks to me, Nabokov and perhaps Proust. These lessons, however, did not teach him to mimic his masters.”

“Igor Sakhnovsky’s novel is a joyful find for anyone who knows the price of seemingly insignificant details in life, for anyone who understands that the most important events go unregistered, if only picked up by one’s side vision, by a lonely existence of a lonely person. This isn’t a literary method or a mental determination. In fact, this is the way the writer’s perception is.”
LYUDMILA ULITSKAYA, famous Russian writer

“.. Igor Sakhnovsky, a novelist with a fine sense of visual beauty, personal eccentricity, and curious ephemera.”

“The Vital Needs of the Dead is a must read, imperatively. The novel’s intonation of love, memory, sadness, its biographic plot and finely crafted souls and the time they’re in, all this can be only compared to Bunin’s The Life of Arsenev.”

“There are flashes of Bunin’s sensory brilliance in Sakhnovsky’s observations, in his detailed and unswerving physicality or in his lyrical animation of the external world.”

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No sex please, this is Russian literature/ PAKISTAN DAILY TIMES

EYES IN magazine

Igor Sakhnovsky’s Interview for PLATINUM MAGAZINE

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