Zinnober's Poppets

Elena Chizhova

Zinnober's Poppets

the Literary Premier of ‘Zvezda’ journal - 2001

the Northern Palmyra - 2001


ISBN: 9781911414384
Format: 203mm x 127mm
Paperback
Publication date: 20th August 2017
Paperback: €23.50
Hardback: €29.50
PDF: €9.95
Kindle: €9.95
EPUB: €9.95

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Category: Literature, Literatuur, Modern Literary Fiction, Moderne Literaire Fictie, Russian books, Russische boeken, Upcoming, Verwacht
Level: Russian Literature, Russische Literatuur

Is it possible to cultivate fundamental human values if you live in a totalitarian state? A teacher who has organized the school theatre undertakes to prove this. Her high school student actors rehearse Shakespearean tragedies and comedies. However, Soviet life makes its brutal adjustments. This is a novel about love, both during life and after death.

Zinnobers: a Drama from School Life is of particular relevance for a British audience because Shakespeare’s famous sonnets and plays are touchingly brought to life by the Russian children and their gifted teacher, the novel’s heroine. The teacher applies some of the playwright’s satire to the socio-political situation of the USSR, using her English lessons to teach her students life’s broader lessons too.

Echoes of the Soviet Union can be felt in our own society today:  the people find themselves increasingly at odds with the politicians’ hypocrisy, ‘big brother’ is watching us through thousands of CCTVs, and political correctness determines what we can and cannot say. It is these subtle undercurrents which help make Chizhova’s novel particularly pertinent to today’s readership. Apart from being a magnificently written, first-rate story, Zinnobers is unique in that it goes beyond the realm of politics or fiction to shed a new light on the relevance of British literary heritage today.

Translated by Carol Ermakova.

Elena Chizhova

Elena Chizhova was born in 1957 in Leningrad, the city which provides the setting for her award-winning The Time of Women, a novel about the secret culture of resistance and remembrance amongst women of Russia. Chizhova, a former economist, teacher and entrepreneur, turned to writing in 1996 after being rescued from a burning cruise ship. Her beautiful and sensitive prose has already been recognized in her homeland: she is the winner of the Northern Palm and the Literary Premier of ‘Zvezda’ journal in 2001, as well as of the Russian Booker Prize in 2009. Chizhova’s prose shuns trickery in favour of emotional honesty in order to probe the weeping sores of Russian history that contemporary culture would sooner forget. Chizhova is the director of the local PEN centre in St. Petersburg. 



Publication Details:

Binding:  Paperback
ISBN: 9781911414384
Format: 203mm x 127mm

Binding:  Hardback
ISBN: 9781911414391
Format: 203mm x 127mm

Binding:  PDF
ISBN: 9781911414407
Format: PDF

Binding:  Kindle
ISBN: 9781911414407
Format: Kindle

Binding:  EPUB
ISBN: 9781911414407
Format: EPUB

Imprint: Glagoslav


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