A Flame Out at Sea

Dmitry Novikov

A Flame Out at Sea
ISBN: 9781912894222
Format: 229mm x 152mm
Paperback, 232 pages
Publication date: 24th April 2019
Paperback: €19.99
Hardback: €24.99
EPUB: €9.95
PDF: €9.95
Kindle: €9.95

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

The characters in Novikov’s work are predominantly people of the Russian North: Pomors, Karelians and Komi. In 2013 Novikov, along with other Karelian writers, proclaimed the Manifesto on a New Northern Prose, the mission of which Novikov described as: “Though these are trying times for Russian literature, there is light, there is hope that it will retain its key underlying principles of honesty, faith, beauty. How great it is that these principles fully fit with and correspond to the old and new, living, and strong direction of Russia’s Northern Prose!”


The protagonist of A Flame Out at Sea heads to the shores of the northern lakes and the White Sea in search of its present, which unexpectedly proves to be inseparable from its recent past. Against the backdrop of the powerful northern elements, the drama of a single individual in the here and now begins to seem tiny and insignificant but the tragedy of the nation irredeemably large. "The novel is a confession, a travelogue and a doorway into a great historical era.”

A Flame Out at Sea is about going beyond the boundaries of the big city, about overcoming the fetters of one’s private and family past, leaving aside one’s resentment, squashing one’s pride, unclenching one’s fists and turning one’s life around. It is about a journey to the origins of speech, personality, courage and love made by a modern man in the harsh, sacred, nourishing and draining circumstances of the Russian North. (Valeria Pustovaya, Literary critic)

Published with support of the Russian Booker Foundation
Sponsored by GLOBEXBANK

"Born in Karelia, Dmitry Novikov has introduced and revealed the region’s enigmatic nature to the mass audience. He describes the majesty of northern landscapes with their giant fir trees, rocks, boulders and fast rivers." Alexandra Guzeva, Russia Beyond

Dmitry Novikov

The life of Dmitry Novikov (born 1966) has been one full of unexpected turns. He studied medicine at the University of Petrozavodsk, served in the Northern Fleet, worked as a hospital orderly and porter, and ran his own business. He made his debut as a writer of prose on the internet and was recognized by the online literary competition Art-Lito (2000). In Saint-Petersburg his first two story collections were published, The Karelian Isthmus Tango (2001) and A Fly in Amber (2003). His novel A Flame Out at Sea appeared in 2016; it was recognized by a number of literary prizes, including the Russian Booker (2017). His books have been translated into English, Norwegian, Finnish and Armenian.

Novikov currently lives near Petrozavodsk in a homestead that he built himself, amidst the beautiful Karelian nature, where his nearest neighbors are swans and bears. At present he is writing a new book and often plays host to creative figures from around the world. “Living on the border between civilization and the untamed forest is a wonderful opportunity for full-on happiness that the internet era gives us.”

Publication Details:

Binding:  Paperback , 232 pages
ISBN: 9781912894222
Format: 229mm x 152mm

Binding:  Hardback , 232 pages
ISBN: 9781912894239
Format: 229mm x 152mm

Binding:  EPUB , 232 pages
ISBN: 9781912894246
Format: EPUB

Binding:  PDF , 232 pages
ISBN: 9781912894246
Format: PDF

Binding:  Kindle , 232 pages
ISBN: 9781912894246
Format: Kindle

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