Happiness is Possible

Happiness is Possible

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Happiness is Possible tells the story of a writer late delivering his novel, unable to write anything uplifting since his wife walked out. All he can produce is notes about the happiness of others. But something draws him into the Moscow lives around him, bringing together lonely neighbours, restoring lost love, and helping out with building renovations. And happiness seems determined to catch up with him as well -
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Product details

  • Paperback
  • 138 x 206 x 32mm | 358.34g
  • And Other Stories
  • High Wycombe, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1908276096
  • 9781908276094
  • 625,976

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'Oleg Zaionchkovsky paints a picture of his adopted city Moscow at times reminiscent of that created in The Master and Margarita.' Anna Aslanyan, Independent -------- 'A sincere homage to the mundane romances and workaday tragedies that constitute city life.' TLS -------- 'Zaionchkovsky has an identifiably Russian, dark sense of humour. His writing is rewardingly risky. His novel will continue to make you think after you've finished it: about love, storytelling and Moscow.' A.D. Miller -------- 'In Oleg Zaionchkovsky's engaging novel about contemporary Russian life, the imperial capital city of Moscow takes centre stage.' Lucy Popescu, The Tablet -------- 'Artlessness is the defining aspect of Zaionchkovsky's diction: the absolute harmony of style and dramatic development seems to be entirely natural' Time Out -------- 'Oleg Zaionchkovsky's novel "Happiness is Possible" is an evocative and amusing eulogy to Moscow.' Phoebe Taplin, Russia Beyond the Headlines -------- 'Zaionchkovsky is one of those writers with a natural charm, so at ease with themselves and so self-sufficient that they have no need of superfluous dramatics - he simply has enough talent by himself to create something.' Lev Danilkin -------- 'Oleg Zaionchkovsky makes Moscow small and cosy and its residents friendly, small town neighbours - This is feel good fiction, pure and simple. And anyone who is not happy with that is beyond help.' - Maya Kucherskaya
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About Oleg Zaionchkovsky

Oleg Zaionchkovsky was born in 1959 in Samara, on the east bank of the Volga River. His first book, Sergeev and the Town, was shortlisted for both the Russian Booker Prize and the National Bestseller Prize. In 2010, Happiness is Possible was shortlisted for both the Russian Booker and the Russian Big Book prize. He spent all his adult life, until a recent move to Moscow, in the small town of Khotkovo, working as a test engineer in a factory making rocket engines. --------- Andrew Bromfield has been a full-time translator from Russian for 20 years. He was a co-founder and original editor of Glas, a journal of modern Russian literature in English translation. His numerous translations include most books by Victor Pelevin and Boris Akunin, Mikhail Bulgakov's A Dead Man's Memoirs (A Theatrical Novel) and A Dog's Heart (An Appalling Story), Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace - the Original Version, and even the two-volume Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia.
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Rating details

67 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 21% (14)
4 52% (35)
3 22% (15)
2 3% (2)
1 1% (1)
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