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A novel like an enchanting train ride that takes us deep into Russian history and national identity through the story of one exceptional family, passing through the graveyards of the past and upending a few bones in the process. The Goose Fritz comes on strong as a lyrical confrontation with a sometimes sinister, always fascinating, history.

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Paperback, 322 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by New Vessel Press (first published 2018)
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Jerry Pogan
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Russia has a history of producing great writers and Sergei Lebedev appears to be following in this fine tradition. This is the third book I've read of his and they have all been exceptional. First I'd like to note that the opening several pages of this book in which Lebedev recounts the story of the Sergeant and the Goose Fritz would be one of the finest short stories I've ever read if it were not used simply as the introduction and a metaphor for the rest of the book. The lyrical quality is abs ...more
Annie
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Kirill, the protagonist of Sergei Lebedev’s erudite The Goose Fritz, has a gift for imagining the past. Symbols on a tombstone or the sounds of thunder will transport him across time so that he can experience a bit of what his ancestors’ felt or saw. It’s a useful trick for a historian, especially as Kirill has decided to write the history of his German-Russian family from the 1830s, through the Russo-Japanese War, the Revolution, the Great Terror, and the Great Patriotic War...

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Mark
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Grandmother gave him more than unexpected ancestors. The world of another culture appeared before him, a silent but living world to which he belonged by inheritance, by the right of wild, inexhaustible blood in which all eras and the starry sky flowed.”

I have wondered over the years, why I have not heard of many contemporary Russian authors, so discovering this sprawling, family saga, was a joy. This novel focuses on a young Russian man, with German origins, looking back at his family history,
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Emma
VERDICT: Revisiting your past, discovering your deep identity. Not always a comfortable journey.

my full review is here:
https://wordsandpeace.com/2019/03/16/...
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Piotr
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: angelus-2020
Żeby książkę roku przeczytać ledwo w jego szóstym tygodniu!??

Czuję przez skórę, że z książek wydanych w 2019 i 2020 roku - "Dzieci Kronosa" (chyba lepszy tytuł niż oryginalny "Gąsior Fryc") będą raczej poza konkurencją.
I w sumie to bez znaczenia, w jakiej będzie startować kategorii.
Bo czy znajdzie się taki mądry, by określił literacki gatunek, jakim poręcznie da się tę książkę zaklasyfikować? Życzę powodzenia.

Niezwykłej urody i mądrości jest ta książka (wyrazy uznania dla polskiego tłumacza - c
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Mark
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Grandmother gave him more than unexpected ancestors. The world of another culture appeared before him, a silent but living world to which he belonged by inheritance, by the right of wild, inexhaustible blood in which all eras and the starry sky flowed.”

I have wondered over the years, why I have not heard of many contemporary Russian authors, so discovering this sprawling, family saga, was a joy. This novel focuses on a young Russian man, with German origins, looking back at his family history,
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Lolly K Dandeneau
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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'Something happened with her that Kirill had never seen. It was as if ghosts of terrible unimaginable catastrophes, wars, fires, floods, were nipping at her heels.'

Russian born Kirill is the last member of his family, descendant of Balthasar Schwerdt who came to Russia from Germany in the 1800’s. An author who collects other’s people’s life stories, fearfully avoiding his own. It is time to tell the story of his family, with papers, archives he
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Dirk
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
In the beginning of this novel, the narrator, Kirill, recounts an episode from his childhood in which a Soviet veteran of World War II flies into an alcohol-fueled halucinatory rage during which he sees a neighbor's goose as an enemy German and kills it. The scene is both vivid and touching and, when the narrator later discovers that his family had emigrated from Germany to Russia generations earlier (subsequently changing their last name) serves as a catalyst for the narrator's exploration into ...more
Barry Smirnoff
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Serge Lebedev on growing up German in Russian history

Fritz is generic for German, And Russia’s changing attitude towards its citizens who came to Russia, but were never quite Russian enough. Lebedev is a writer who grabs the reader with history and makes it personal. I liked all three of his novels, but perhaps Oblivion is the best, dealing with Grandfather II, who was once a Gulag Commandant and was now a neighbor.
Lauren Florence
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Difficult to follow in places because it moves so quickly through events in Russian history due to an assumed shared knowledge by the author and reader, but this is why we should read more translated books, right? An incredible look at Russian history and the impact/toll it takes on one family tree, a German family tree.
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Sergei Lebedev was born in Moscow 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 and was named one of the ten best novels of 2016 by The Wall Street Journal. Lebedev’s second novel, Year of the Comet, has also received considerable acclaim.

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