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The Lying Year

2.92  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Could have been the blown business deal with the Italians. Could have been the unauthorized office party, which ended with the cops—and then an arrest. No matter what finally got him fired, Mikhail never expected to find himself at Red Star Industries’ office again.

So down-and-out Mikhail is surprised to be called in by old boss Pavel Petrovich, who offers Mikhail easy mon
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Paperback, 328 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by AmazonCrossing (first published 2003)
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Tim Roast
Mar 21, 2013 Tim Roast rated it really liked it
The Lying Year is the tale of Mikhail over one year of his life which he spends basically lying. He loses a job, gets lucky in that he is employed by his former company boss to teach his son the ways of life, gets mixed up with his girlfriend leading to a show-down in the middle of the book, before the second half where he becomes a kidnapper. And thanks to his lying there are some really funny, but ultimately disastrous, moments where he keeps digging his own hole.

This is a Russian book that h
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Tony
Dec 05, 2012 Tony rated it it was ok
With the benefit of 10-20 years of distance, it's unarguable that the decade following the dissolution of the USSR was more or less a disaster for the average Russian. Treated to a series of bewildering economic and political reforms that rendered state services completely unreliable, their savings more or less worthless, the rule of law shaky at best, and funneled wealth and power into the hands of a select band of oligarchs/mafia, it's hardly surprising that the effects continue to resonate ...more
Brian
Feb 13, 2013 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Lying Year" shares many of the ineffable qualities of classic Russian literature in its approach to characters, tragedy, and comedy. The primary setting is late '90's Moscow during the Yeltsin regime and the painful transition to free market economy, but while the setting enables some of the plot points, it is not what really makes the novel. Rather, it is the characters and their various and tangled inter-relationships.

Without being as overtly philosophical as Dostoevsky or Tolstoy, Gelas
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Lynn
Franetic fast paced story about a man fired from a regular job for misdeeds and then hired for double salary to teach the bosses son how to drink and carouse with women. The father believe his son is a computer nerd with few social skills. Little does dad know his boy has been seeing an older Ukrainian girl for 2 years. Mikhail, the employee, finds himself lead by Sergei the younger man into parts unknown. A problem crops up when Mikhail finds himself in love with Marina too and actually has a ...more
Kerry
Feb 24, 2015 Kerry rated it liked it
Shelves: russia
Better books exist that celebrate/laugh at/criticize the random nature of life in Russia. They are wittier, the characters are more interesting, and the plots more original. Those books are also better translated, which may have been part of the problem here, but I can't help but feel it's the original that was lacking the ability to make the reader sympathize even with the scoundrel, credible observations of life's inexplicable nature, and that incomparable richness of language Russian writers ...more
Andy Bryant
Nov 05, 2013 Andy Bryant rated it liked it
Suspect it's a case of 'lost in translation' but this was quite hard to read and understand at times, and for me the switch between narrative and diary extracts - at the two crucial points in the plot - jarred. There were so many plot strands on the go at once that at times I felt the author got into even more of a knot than the protagonist.
Violeta Staykova
безспорно забавна, но не и повърхностна книжка. главният герой е голям образ, с който споделяме общо мнение, че пространните разсъждения за дълбоката поетика на безсъдържателната руска драматургия са идиотско дърдорене...и преводът е много добър, напоследък имам чувството че руските книги ги превеждат по-добре от англоезичните.
Célia
Aug 14, 2012 Célia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un roman palpitant et révélateur sur la Russie actuelle. Le renouveau de la littérature russe s'annonce sous les meilleurs augures.
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Another preview book I NEED to buy... *Sigh*
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Andreï Guelassimov est né en 1965 à Irkoutsk. Après des études de lettres, il partà Moscou suivre au Gitis (l'Institut d'études théâtrales) les cours du prestigieux metteur en scène Anatoly Vassiliev. Spécialiste d'Oscar Wilde, il a enseigné à l'université la littérature anglo-américaine. Fox Mulder a une tête de cochon, son premier livre, a été publié en 2001. La Soif (Actes Sud, 2004), son ...more
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