The Dead Lake

The Dead Lake

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 27/02/2014
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LONG-LISTED FOR THE INDEPENDENT FOREIGN FICTION PRIZE 2015 ------- LONG-LISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2016 ------ INDEPENDENT BOOK OF THE YEAR 2014 -------- GUARDIAN READERS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2014 ------- A haunting Russian tale about the environmental legacy of the Cold War. Yerzhan grows up in a remote part of Soviet Kazakhstan where atomic weapons are tested. As a young boy he falls in love with the neighbour's daughter and one evening, to impress her, he dives into a forbidden lake. The radioactive water changes Yerzhan. He will never grow into a man. While the girl he loves becomes a beautiful woman. ------ Why Peirene chose to publish this book: 'Like a Grimm's fairy tale, this story transforms an innermost fear into an outward reality. We witness a prepubescent boy's secret terror of not growing up into a man. We also wander in a beautiful, fierce landscape unlike any other we find in Western literature. And by the end of Yerzhan's tale we are awe-struck by our human resilience in the face of catastrophic, man-made, follies.' Meike Ziervogel, Publisher

  • Publisher: Peirene Press Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781908670144
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Dimensions: 190 x 125 x 10 mm

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The Dead Lake
The tale of a boy who never grew up, beautifully told, moving and almost mythical
Yerzhan lives with his grandparents, mother and uncle in a remote outpost in Kazakhstan with only one set of neighbours and the odd passing train. He is su... READ MORE
Janet E