Depeche Mode

Serhiy Zhadan

Depeche Mode
ISBN: 9781909156845
Format: 203mm x 127mm
Paperback, 200 pages
Publication date: 10th April 2013
Paperback: €18.99
Hardback: €23.99
PDF: €9.90
Kindle: €9.90
EPUB: €9.90

Rating: 5 / 5 stars - 4 vote(s).


Category: Literature, Literatuur, Novels, Romans, Ukrainian books
Level: Oekraïense Literatuur, Ukrainian Literature

A poet and novelist whose work has been variously compared to Rimbaud, Charles Bukowski and Irvine Welsh, Serhiy Zhadan’s first novel Depeche Mode depicts Ukrainian youth during the turbulent 1990s. Described by the author as “a book about real male comradeship,” the novel follows the unemployed narrator and his friends, Jewish anti-Semite Dogg Pavlov and Vasia the Communist, on their adventures around Kharkiv and beyond.

Against a background of social disintegration, slowly eroding Soviet mores and rapidly encroaching Western culture, the three comrades drink gratuitous amounts of vodka and embark on a quest to find their missing friend Sasha Carburetor to tell him about the suicide of his one-legged stepfather. Despite containing some darker themes, Depeche Mode takes an irreverent look at life; Zhadan is not afraid to mix philosophical musings and grotesque narrative with moments of slapstick comedy.

Serhiy Zhadan is one of the key voices in contemporary Ukrainian literature: his poetry and novels have enjoyed popularity at home and abroad. His poetic style and masterful wordplay have led critics to dub his trademark approach “verbal jazz”, a description that reflects his unique authorial voice. Zhadan stands as a witness to a time of great social change through the eyes of Ukraine’s dispossessed youth. His work explores the changes he has witnessed as a representative of the immediate post-Soviet generation in Ukraine. Never one to bow to convention, since giving up university teaching in 2004 Zhadan was involved in 2006’s Orange Revolution. Writing is just one of his many interests, which also include singing in a band, translating poetry and organising literary festivals.

 

Translated by Miroslav Shkandrij.

"More, perhaps, than any other writer from the post-Soviet era, Serhiy Zhadan speaks to this experience of national and personal upheaval... Zhadan gives us a flâneur's perspective on post-Soviet urban life, with its ruined socialist architecture, industrial wastelands, petty crime and violence. The absurdity of the clash of socialist and Western culture is also sharply observed."
UILLEAM BLACKER, The Times Literary Supplement

Serhiy Zhadan

Serhiy Zhadan is one of the key voices in contemporary Ukrainian literature: his poetry and novels have enjoyed popularity both at home and abroad. He has twice won BBC Ukraine’s Book of the Year (2006 and 2010) and has twice been nominated as Russian GQ’s ‘Man of the Year’, in their writers category. Writing is just one of his many interests, which also include singing in a band, translating poetry and organising literary festivals. His works have been translated into German, English, Polish, Serbian, Croatian, Lithuanian, Belorussian, Russian, Hungarian, Armenian and Swedish.

Zhadan’s work explores the changes he has witnessed as a representative of the immediate post-Soviet generation in Ukraine. His poetic style and masterful wordplay have led critics to dub his trademark approach “verbal jazz”, a description that reflects his unique authorial voice. Zhadan stands as a witness to a time of great social change through the eyes of Ukraine’s dispossessed youth. Never one to bow to convention, since giving up university teaching in 2004 Zhadan was an activist in 2006’s Orange Revolution. In 2008 the Russian translation of his novel Anarchy in the UKR was shortlisted by the National Bestseller Prize in Russia.

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Publication Details:

Binding:  Paperback , 200 pages
ISBN: 9781909156845
Format: 203mm x 127mm

Binding:  Hardback , 200 pages
ISBN: 9781909156852
Format: 203mm x 127mm

Binding:  PDF , 200 pages
ISBN: 9781909156883
Format: PDF

Binding:  Kindle
ISBN: 9781909156876
Format: Kindle

Binding:  EPUB
ISBN: 9781909156869
Format: EPUB

Imprint: Glagoslav


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