Vita Nostra

By Maryna Dyachenko, Serhiy Dyachenko, Julia Meitov Hersey

Translated from Russian via Julia Meitov Hersey

The phrases VITA NOSTRA, or “our life,” come from an previous Latin pupil anthem Gaudeamus : “Vita nostra brevis est, Brevi finietur” or “Our lifestyles is short, it's going to presently finish ..."

The heroine of the radical has been pressured right into a possible impossible scenario. opposed to her will, she needs to input the Institute of exact applied sciences. A slightest misstep or failure at school—and the students’ family pay a cost. ruled through worry and coercion, Sasha will study the that means of the word "In the start used to be the observe ..."

VITA NOSTRA is an exhilarating trip into the inner most mysteries of lifestyles, a dizzying experience, a gap right into a international that not anyone has ever defined, a global that frightens and draws the readers of the radical.

The novel combines the likely incongruous aspects—spectacular adventures and philosophical intensity, excellent modifications and mental accuracy, complexity of moral matters and mundane information of city lifestyles.

VITA NOSTRA loved a substantial serious acclaim in Russia. It has obtained 8 significant literary prizes and has been named the easiest novel of the 21st century within the sci-fi/fantasy style (Prize of Prizes, Eurocon-2008, Moscow). it's been translated into a number of languages.

VITA NOSTRA has been optioned by way of Timur Bekmambetov, director and manufacturer (NIGHT WATCH, sought after and others).

“The Dyachenkos are rather most likely the superior sleek Russian-language fiction writers operating within the style of the allegorical novel. The emotional lavishness in their prose reaches past barriers. The measure of self-identification with the nature that they require in their reader could be in comparison in simple terms with the all-encompassing feeling of love.”
—The Viva magazine

“They create an magnificent international, occasionally chilling and scary, occasionally shockingly attractive and peculiar. the combo of 2 significantly various people—different in age, temperament, and former occupations (Marina used to be an actress, Sergey—a psychiatrist) supplies us an opportunity to the touch the truth of miracles.”
—The Peter publication magazine

“Vita Nostra—it's a ebook that has the capability to turn into a latest vintage of its genre.”
—Lev Grossman, a novelist, a senior author and e-book critic for TIME magazine

“One factor is clear—Marina and Sergey Dyachenko are avidly learn by way of either the intellectuals and those that by no means learn. within the period of competitive militant immorality, Marina and Sergey dared to put their cash at the international created by means of them, the area that's essentially moral. it's a global during which the victors are judged.”
—News of the Capital newspaper

"The curiosity in a individual, within the depths of his soul is the most topic of any paintings via the Dyachenkos...”
—The New global magazine

“VITA NOSTRA is a myth, yet a fable so genuine that, having became its final web page, i assumed that Marina and Sergey Dyachenko someway understand every thing that occurred to me throughout the first yr of my grownup lifestyles. i'm so thankful to them for giving me one other probability to relive these reports; with the entire technique of cinematography at my disposal, i'm going to do my most sensible to show the magic of these times.”
—Timur Bekmambetov, movie director, manufacturer

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A cluster of first 12 months ladies whispered between themselves, heads shut jointly, throwing fast glances on the second-story home windows. mother needed to ask them a query, and he or she additionally desired to comprehend what the scholars have been announcing. Sasha may well remember that: occasionally you could comprehend extra a few college by way of hearing an opportunity conversation…. mother stepped from foot to foot. She basically felt misplaced and silly: she took decades to make the choice to return to Torpa, she had no concept what she was once going to determine, and the following she was once: a captivating provincial city, unusual yet very appealing.

No. simply because for me to like is to be afraid. ” There, within the meeting corridor, a tumbler pitcher fell off the examiners’ desk. “I will reverberate, and the phobia will reverberate in me—in the 1st be aware. And the entire love that I hold will perpetually be poisoned via worry. I refuse…” Shards of glass flew up. “Word is spoken. ” “The finish. She failed. ” “She didn't cross. ” “Failing grade. ” The empty darkish house round Sasha lit up with a mess of stars, and the celebrities become gold cash. uninteresting, heavy, they flowed and overflowed, threatening to bury her lower than.

Mother cut up her time among domestic and the sanatorium; her due date used to be January 12th. The ultrasound confirmed a boy, a huge one. Valentin sounded high-strung and satisfied; he expert Sasha that he could buy groceries for a stroller, a crib and all of the different useful issues in basic terms after every little thing is going good. “That’s superstition,” Sasha instructed him. “It’s culture! ” Valentin’s laughter sounded fake. “How have you ever been? Will you come back domestic for the iciness holiday to determine your brother? ” Sasha promised. And this morning, the agenda for the wintry weather checks have been published.

I simply have to. ” She stored repeating an analogous factor in numerous phrases, and Valentin sat in entrance of her, pressured, disoriented, and for the 1st time Sasha considered him as now not a stranger. *** “Get up, omit. We get to Torpa in part an hour. ” “Wha…? ” Sasha jumped up and hit her head at the baggage shelf. She spent the whole evening in a twilight sector among slumbering and waking, and basically only in the near past controlled to go to sleep. The teach was once outdated and shaky, and someplace a teaspoon jingled in an empty glass.

Within the mobile sales space. the item is, my mother is having a baby…” “I comprehend. Meet me in part an hour, in entrance of the Institute. ” *** “She’s due correct earlier than the iciness tests. ” “And? ” They walked slowly alongside Sacco and Vanzetti. earlier a road sweeper collecting leaves, prior a lady with a dachshund. The stucco moldings of an outdated development dampened with rainwater, the light faces of caryatides stared blindly and dispassionately. Sasha shunned Kozhennikov’s eyes. She gazed up and forward, the place blue sky peeked throughout the balding tree tops.

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