Die another day

second novels two new stars of Russian literature — Guzel Agenoy and Alexey Salnikov. Guzel Yakhina wrote drawling German-Soviet tale about a world the Volga Germans, and Alexey Salnikov — bloody Thriller in which a special Department, FSB kills a lot of innocent people.

Guzel Yakhina “my Children” (“Redaction of Elena Shubina”)

Volga Germans know (i.e. school teacher) Bach leads the life of a small, pale and inconspicuous as it looks: ringing the bell to indicate the time of day for the villagers, teaching them blockheads different Sciences, and in between swallows of cold soup, not too thinking about its taste. Everything changes in one day, and not by the will of nevertheless: a rich farmer invites (practically forces) Bach to teach his daughter Clara, a girl of marriageable age, because she wants to leave from Russia back to Germany, and a daughter, according to his father, “fool”, and that no marriage will not take. Lessons are paid generously, but classes are held in strange circumstances: a student sitting behind a screen, behind which she was strictly forbidden.

Next, despite all perpetrated by the father of the obstacles, played a textbook love story “teacher-student”, and a continuation of this Platonic love will be a blind escape from Clara’s father and an old woman confidante to the closet shulmeyster. The villagers of this marriage will not be accepted, so the young couple will go to his native village of Clara. A few years they will live there together in almost complete isolation, surrounded by an Apple orchard: will conduct subsistence farming, stocking food for the winter to have on clothes of the XIX century and grief do not know, while Clara becomes pregnant and dies in childbirth. You know first going to have to grow a baby, Anna (Anche), and then to educate wildly stray Kyrgyz boy Vaska in Stalin’s Soviet Russia.

the First book Guzel Agenoy “zulaikha opens his eyes” was, though not without flaws (after a brilliant first part describing the structure of a traditional Tatar village, it was improbable the Robinson Crusoe story about the survival of the residents of the camp on the Bank of the Angara, and she brushwork too often resembled a script), but the debut still came out bright. An unknown author has received in one season the two largest literary prizes: “Yasnaya Polyana” and “the Big book”, the novel was translated into 30 languages, and the very station has become a star not only among the General reading public, but also in the eyes of the expert community. Therefore, her second novel is expected.

someone was worried which way will the author of the scenario or epic, you can reassure over the past three years Guzel Yakhina drugged persuasive writing muscles and became a professional writer with a confident pen, and highlighted a novel, not script narrative. In this sense, “Children of mine” is stylistically, and poetically even a bit archaic. Detail descriptions of everything can sometimes lull and fans of the German romantics, but that redundancy is partly justified: formally, it is “a book about the Volga Germans”, but in fact Tolkien wrote a creation myth of the new world, basing German folklore, and in its original, not kids Lite version. The archaic world is superimposed on the fresh Soviet, and the result is a cool mix, related marcisovska “magical realism”.

But the political turmoil and technological innovation the big world on the other side of the Volga river all exist on the periphery of consciousness of farmers: Bach and Clara, then Bach and children. And don’t seem to take the author. Life farm with his calendar cycle of harvest, pregnancy, childbirth, feeding a baby, growing a new person in and out of the daughter of the father always in the foreground, they are the main ones. Why it seems that the world of the novel is female at its core, tight, cramped and stuffy, despite the nearby Volga river. And even in the slow carefulness of the descriptions at some point begins to see something from childbearing.

Alexey Salnikov “Department” (publishing house Livebook)

Alexey Salnikov is another rapidly risen star modern domestic literature of recent times. His novel “Petrov in influenza and beyond” has received this winter, the prize of the NOSE along with the book Vladimir Sorokin, and writes the Yekaterinburg author like king and Mamleev came on a visit to Kafka.

Balling always deceiving the reader. “Petrov in the flu,” began either as alkatrim in the spirit Erofeeva, whether as a realistic prose about the life of Russian regional center, and taxied to the mysticism and mythology involving a three-headed monster and master of the underworld. “Department” also begins as a mediocre “COP” prose.

the Employee named Igor showed unnecessary curiosity and morbid naivety, first revealing some corruption scheme management, and then reported on it immediate superiors, for which he was fired. Year to spill the beans at home, sitting with a six year old son and fighting with my wife, and then got an offer to work in the Department.

the Division is on the outskirts of town in an abandoned boiler room, comfortably lying in the midst of the industrial zone. Old linoleum, the peeling walls coveralls instead of employees. Colleagues of Igor’s Department — the same as he’s dismissed for misconduct former law enforcement officers, but with the crusts FSB chief Sergei Sergeyevich nicknamed the SS, big guy Igor, the crazy son of a millionaire named Young caught on pedophilia handsome man who is called Phil, and combine the duties of bookkeeper and steward Tatar-alcoholic I. Rinat. Pretty quickly Igor finds out that Phil (even though pedophile) slept with his wife Rinat I., which in the Department nobody likes.

Department is responsible for the murders. Not in the sense of investigating them, but in the sense of breaking into apartments and houses, and puts on the inhabitants of handcuffs, sets 168 idiotic questions from the questionnaire (Igor they needed it in order to antirebate), kills and destroys traces, and then writes a report. They kill young programmers and the old drunks, a lonely mother and her small child — gender, age, employment and way of life of the victims is irrelevant. That imprint on the psyche of the employees in the Department a lot of turnover, not all employees live to old age.

Igor goes through all the stages break-up: surprised, frightened, protesting, furious, despair and indifference. And then the Department disbanded as unnecessary.

to Explain why was necessary this killing and why then the Division is no longer necessary, means to reveal all the original cards and mess up the reading. Because this is the case when unexpected, illogical, deafening, in a good way cinematic plot twist instantly translate the novel in a different tone, and this is the method on which the Seals build their books.

And if you consider that “Department” — chronologically the first novel of the writer, as “Petrov the flu” — the second, there is reason to believe that the third should happen in every sense of the dizzying.