Vita Nostra

By Maryna Dyachenko, Serhiy Dyachenko, Julia Meitov Hersey

Translated from Russian by means of Julia Meitov Hersey

The phrases VITA NOSTRA, or “our life,” come from an outdated Latin pupil anthem Gaudeamus : “Vita nostra brevis est, Brevi finietur” or “Our existence is short, it's going to almost immediately finish ..."

The heroine of the unconventional has been compelled right into a probably impossible state of affairs. opposed to her will, she needs to input the Institute of distinctive applied sciences. A slightest misstep or failure at school—and the students’ family pay a cost. ruled through worry and coercion, Sasha will research the which means of the word "In the start used to be the observe ..."

VITA NOSTRA is an exhilarating trip into the inner most mysteries of life, a dizzying event, a gap right into a international that nobody has ever defined, an international that frightens and draws the readers of the radical.

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

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

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

“The Dyachenkos are fairly in all likelihood some of the best smooth 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 simply with the all-encompassing feeling of love.”
—The Viva magazine

“They create an fantastic international, occasionally chilling and scary, occasionally shockingly appealing and peculiar. the combo of 2 significantly assorted 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 booklet magazine

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

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

"The curiosity in a person, within the depths of his soul is the most subject of any paintings through the Dyachenkos...”
—The New international magazine

“VITA NOSTRA is a fable, yet a myth so actual that, having became its final web page, i assumed that Marina and Sergey Dyachenko someway be aware of every thing that occurred to me throughout the first yr of my grownup existence. i'm so thankful to them for giving me one other likelihood to relive these studies; with the entire technique of cinematography at my disposal, i'll do my top to express the magic of these times.”
—Timur Bekmambetov, movie director, manufacturer

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And the way all she desired to do used to be to lie down, shut her eyes and consider not anything in any respect. She sat down on a granite pedestal subsequent to Kostya and leaned again into the bronze hoof. “You comprehend what I don’t get? ” Kostya mused. “This factor, this horse, I suggest, it wouldn’t healthy into any door. this means that first they made the statue, after which they equipped the college round it. How is that attainable? ” Sasha shrugged silently. “What did he wish from you? ” Kostya requested softly. Sasha took her new textbook out of her bag. It regarded worse for the damage, bright-red, tired. “What is it? ” Kostya requested. Sasha opened the publication. there has been no advent, no author’s identify, no motives. “Exercises, degree One. ” “That’s better,” Kostya famous. “At least, the phrases are known. ” “Number One. think a sphere, within which the outside floor is purple, and inside floor is white. protecting the continuity of the sector, mentally distort the field in order that the exterior floor is at the within, and the interior at the outside…” “How? ” Sasha requested helplessly. Kostya took the booklet out of her arms, glanced on the web page, and gave the booklet again to her. “How is your head? ” this question, with its precision and its double which means, made her snicker regardless of her exhaustion: “My head doesn't damage. Yeah. If that’s what you intended. ” *** It was once raining. Water sputtered within the drain pipes. Sasha went via her complete suitcase, figuring out that she arrived in class in the summertime, donning denims and a tee-shirt. The pile of garments that mother crammed into her suitcase regardless of her loud protests, the pile that appeared so cumbersome and so pointless, was once not in basic terms crucial, yet nearly too flimsy within the face of the upcoming iciness. A jacket. One thick woolen sweater, and one a piece lighter. a couple of woolen socks. a couple of tights to move over pantyhose. regardless of the winterized home windows, it was once cold and uncooked on the dorm: the recent water was once grew to become off back. They washed themselves utilizing basins and water heated up in a wide pot within the kitchen. Laundry hung over chilly radiator remained rainy in a single day or even longer. “Imagine spheres, one with a bigger diameter, the opposite smaller. Mentally position the 1st sphere contained in the moment making sure that the diameters of either spheres don't swap. ” Doing those workouts used to be even worse that analyzing nonsensical paragraphs and memorizing gibberish. Portnov dispensed the workout books to team A, then, an afternoon later, to crew B. in addition to that, every one first yr got a brand new textual module with a bunch “2” on its hide, and each day they'd to learn and memorize paragraphs. English, historical past, Philosophy—everything went down the tubes, and scholars have been continuously operating out of time. in simple terms the gymnasium classification, the place candy Dima Dimych provided the 1st years basketball, volleyball and components of dance aerobics rather than lengthy distance races and qualifying criteria, served as a ray of sunshine shining throughout the granite wall of unending cramming. Sasha’s cut-off date, Saturday, was once impending with no pity, and out of 5 workouts she’d slightly controlled .

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