Paperback: 245 pages
Publisher: New Vessel Press
The Year of the Comet
From the critically acclaimed author of Oblivion (a Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2016) comes The Year of the Comet, a story of a Russian boyhood and coming of age as the Soviet Union is on the brink of collapse. An idyllic childhood takes a sinister turn. Rumors of a serial killer haunt the neighborhood, families pack up and leave town without a word of warning, and the country begins to unravel. Policemen stand by as protesters overtake the streets, knowing that the once awe-inspiring symbols of power they wear on their helmets have become devoid of meaning. Lebedev depicts a vast empire coming apart at the seams, transforming a very public moment into something tender and personal, and writes with stunning beauty and shattering insight about childhood and the growing consciousness of a boy in the world.
Praise for The Year of the Comet:
“You read and reread Lebedev’s lyrical, cutting prose with equal amounts of awe and enjoyment. This gorgeously written, unsettling novel—a rare work about the fall of the Soviet Union as told through the eyes of a child—leaves us with a fresh understanding of that towering moment in recent history.”— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A remarkable bildungsroman … a smart, convincing novel.”—Publishers Weekly
“Absorbing … a seamlessly written child’s-eye view that conveys an adult understanding of history’s burdens.”—Library Journal (starred review)
Sergei Lebedev was born in Moscow in 1981 and worked for seven years on geological expeditions in northern Russia and Central Asia. Lebedev is a poet, essayist and journalist. Oblivion, his first novel, has been translated into many languages. Lebedev’s second novel, Year of the Comet, is coming out from New Vessel Press in 2017.