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Предел забвения Free read ✓ 8 In one of the first twenty first century Russian novels to probe the legacy of the Soviet prison camp system a young man travels to the vast wastelands of the Far North to uncover the truth about a shadowy neighbor who saved his life and whom he knows only as Grandfather II What he finds am. In One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel M ruez tells how in Macondo three thousand workers are machine gunned at the behest of a ruthless banana company Their corpses are thrown into the sea and relatives are told that there haven t been any dead bodies You must have been dreaming Nothing has happened in Macondo nothing has ever happenedThis is a happy town Residents accept the official account and dismiss the testimony of the only survivor But subseuently the town sinks into ruin Such is the story of Macondo and of all world dictatorships which leave a destructive lasting and demoralizing legacy The brutal Stalinist regime left Russia depopulated and suffering from collective loss of memory Millions were destroyed in the Gulag and during the Terror Famine But in Putin s Russia the history of Communist terror has been replaced with the myth of the country s great past There is no national monument to the numerous victims instead there are calls to restore monuments and museums honoring Stalin Recently in her Nobel lecture Svetlana Alexievich called Russia a country without memory the space of total amnesia The loss of Russia s national memory is the main theme in Sergei Lebedev s insightful debut novel Oblivion It belongs to a new generation literature examining the impact of Stalinism on Russia today The novel is masterfully translated by Antonina W Bouis whose list comprises 80 titles writings by famous Soviet and post Soviet authors as diverse as Mikhail Bulgakov and the Nobel Prize Laureates Alexievich and Andrei Sakharov Lebedev s compressed metaphorical novel is the prose of a poet and Bouis renders his original style effortlessly and artfullyLebedev s writing benefited from his training as a geologist he can read the story in a rock or the tundra permafrost As a poet he tells it through imagery creating sensual portraits of objects It was through a break in the fog that I saw the barracks in a mountain pass The barracks stood like plywood cargo crates in which people were stacked The outlines felt like a long scream Having traveled widely in Siberia and Russia s north Lebedev had come across the many decaying barracks of the Gulag Archipelago Soviet labor camps were constructed in desolate places with no witnesses at the limit of the inhabited world as Lebedev aptly puts it Russia s vastness helped conceal the existence of prison camps where conditions were similar to the Mauthausen Scientists philosophers writers dispossessed peasants and international communists shared a single and horrible fate Branded as enemies of the people they were starved and worked to death in uranium and gold mines or constructing railroads and canals Lebedev creates a collective portrait of the generation which vanished without a trace of people whose lives were smashed by the will of the state His novel traces their experiences through visions and dreams of people becoming prisoners instantaneously of freight cars with barred windows of a train engineer unaware he is transporting his own brother to the Gulag Robbed of names families and freedom multitudes were banished to places where everything from landscape to speech was meant to dehumanize Their destruction was complete branded as enemies of the people they were crossed out of contemporary records and died in anonymity so that their deaths took place in geography not in history The Soviet State viewed its people as dispensable and their lives as subordinate to production targets But the gigantic construction projects devised by the Party and built by slave labor such as the White Sea canal and railways constructed beyond the Polar Circle proved useless Lebedev alludes to this through the story of an abandoned railroad he saw in the mountains near the Arctic Ocean He makes the reader feel the anguish of prisoners who cleared the rock with bare hands only to realize futility of their labor The railway line was left unfinished the ends of rusty rails hung over the emptiness The mountain where prisoners toiled opens a view to the lake with striking contours A mean trick of nature a joke that had waited several million years the lake looked like Lenin s profile which was imprinted on us by medals badges stamps statues paintings and drawings in books Numerous lives were sacrificed to the socialist dogma Soviet history was a series of falsifications its ideals were stillborn and the end of the Soviet era spelled out their demise Soviet textbooks and insignia with Lenin s profile were discarded paper money too toxic to be burned was dumped in plastic bags in a northern mine But Stalinism did not end there the old guard resisted the change Oblivion is a first person account a meditation on the memory of millions and on personal memory The narrator recalls his family s neighbor at their dacha whom he had met in childhood and whom he named Grandfather II The old man is hiding his past so his story unwinds slowly until it becomes apparent that Grandfather II was a warden in a Gulag camp where prisoners dug radioactive ore he had administered death through labor For this service the state rewarded him with a luxury apartment Grandfather II is blind and his secretiveness and blindness are suggestive of Russia s suppression of facts about the past Having outlasted his epoch dead inside the old man wants to continue living through the boy The episode of Grandfather II saving the boy s life by donating his scrawny blood is symbolic The transfusion takes place in 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed and the new era dawned Grandfather II dies and the boy saved by his blood grows like a graft on old wood This is a fitting image for an embryonic Russian democracy grafted on Stalinist stock The Stalinist legacy is pervasive in contemporary Russia There were barriers everywhere warning signs no entry symbols guard boothsMan was not master in these lands and the guard booths were the architectural descendants of prison camp guardhouses this land was infected with a fungus the fungus of the watchman and all of this the fences wire barricades was like a single never ending shout Stop or I ll shoot The northern town where Grandfather II had lived supervising prisoners in a nearby uranium mine was built by slave labor Every brick tells the story of working under duress Love of labor has been destroyed here forever which is why the whole town drank its residents bent on self destruction The town s self isolation is a part of the Soviet legacy and of Russia s present The town cut off its own path to the outside destroyed the window to the big world Russia s failure to deal with its Stalinist legacy to establish the truth by remembering the millions who died has invited the past to return Lebedev s imaginative novel is thoroughly pessimistic as it s meant to be This text is a memorial a wailing wall for the dead and the mourners have no other place to meet except by the wall of words An insightful and soulful tale about Russia s historical amnesia Oblivion speaks of the need for us to remember and to renounce evil regimes with their man made calamities

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Предел забвения Free read ✓ 8 Ong the forgotten mines and decrepit barracks of former gulags is a world relegated to oblivion where it is easier to ignore both the victims and the executioners than to come to terms with a terrible past This disturbing tale evokes the great and ruined beauty of a land where man and machi. Sergei Lebedev s Oblivion was shortlisted for the 2017 Best Translated Book Award and from comments on the Mookse and Gripes forum perhaps the best received among readersI started to read this on a flight from London to Korea an 11 hour flight a large part of which is spent flying over the vast area of Siberia home of the gulags and labour camps in Soviet Russia see Lebedev s moving debut novel tackles the relatively underexplored once suppressed topicThe novel consists of three parts The first doesn t directly address the camps at all but rather focuses on the childhood of the first person narrator and in particular his interaction with an elderly man living close to his family s dacha clearly a figure of some former significance in the Soviet regime but whose exact provenance is sketchy indeed people seem reluctant to probe into his history and he has little interaction with his neighbours It wasn t that he kept himself aloof taciturn it wasn t about his behaviour or character he was alienated from life almost in the legal sense of the word and only as a conseuence of that was he alienated from people as well Everything that happened in the present did not involve him directly but only brushed against him not because he was unreceptive but because he seemed to have already lived his life his existence outlasting his destinyBut the man who the boy knows as Grandfather II though not a blood relation becomes closely involved in the boy s life beginning when his mother is pregnant with him but is advised by the doctors that the pregnancy is dangerous to her health A debate ensues involving in laws on both sides as to whether to terminate the pregnancy until Grandfather II intervenes decisively in favour of carrying to term He said that she should definitely have the baby medicine was advanced now and that the doctors were being overly cautious He listed births in trolley cars the lamp room of a mine shaft a cornfield on a Central Asian steppe near the space center in a bakery a dentist s chair a bomb shelter A attentive listener would have recognized that Grandfather II was inventing these incidents choosing such images from the life he knew or from newspapers but he filled and overpopulated the room with these unexpectedly born infantsHe begged her so persistently to have the baby pleaded with her to fear nothing that no one ever thought he was asking for himselfThere s is a relationship with little affection the boy suggest Grandfather II treats him as a pet but even that implies too much of a relationship a domestic animal may be a better description with Grandfather II feeling only responsible for his welfare At the section s end Grandfather II rescues the boy from a near fatal attack by a wild dog then against the advice of the doctors donates his own blood to save the boy s life at the ultimate expense of his own the blood loss weakens him but as the accident coincides with a day of severe political turmoil in the Soviet regime he is unable to obtain the medical help he needsThe novel explores how people coped with their memories of the excesses of the Stalinist regime The adults tried if not to forget the time about which Grandfather II could have spoken then at least to make it palatable for their own private memory They broke it up into small impressions personal stories what an ice hill there was by the ravine now covered up what nits all with rotten wrinkled kernels they once bought at the market to make jam what pale water diluted ink they used to pour into the inkwells at school and them the teacher complained she couldn t read anything in their notebooks That kind of stuff was like keys wallet and papers that you could stuff into your pockets when you go out it was small domesticated everyone diligently reinforced the little sport of personal memory and no one remembered the collectiveAs the boy grows up he becomes a geologist as indeed Lebedev did in part to get away from his home and explore the wider fringes of the Soviet Union He finds himself in Siberia where he encounters the legacy of the labour camps I saw that a great force of compulsion had erected the town cleared the forest laid the roads dug the canals and built the factories but it turned out that compulsion is incapable of one thing the effort a person brings to work freely chosen Without that effort without that bit of spiritual labour that merges with physical labour all the roads bridges cities and factories were held up only by the will of the state that had them built When that will had vanished when its time had passed people were left with a legacy of great construction in which spiritually they were not involvedMany people were deprived of life of fate of freedom in the context of that enormous all accompanying evil any lesser evil became invisible it became possible to live where everything from the look of the housing to speech dehumanized instead of humanized the camp and the housing from former inmates expanded settled in and began producing itself without the state s involvement My passage through these parts changed by the camps became my path of return to Grandfather II and his life and worksIn the third part he tries to trace Grandfather II s history only to find that the town he visits was founded from one of the same labour camps The town was named for a Bolshevik killed in the mid 1930s the name of the town communicated nothing of the place to its name They spoke different languages and avoided each other The area s mountains bore names given to them by local ethnic groups these names left the sensation of raw meat and gnawed bones in your throat reading a dozen names on the map was like drinking thick blood tat was steaming in the cold the names were redolent of campfire smoke fish scales rawhide canine and human sweat they were long and the syllables joined up like reindeer or dogs in harnessThe town name two syllables with an sk ending gave away its alienness the Bolshevik s name looked good on a big map of the country where the names of his comrades formed a toponymic constellation a lifetime and posthumous pantheon but up close the name seemed ridiculous a random collection of letters which the residents got used to and considered themselves dwellers of Abracadab skThere he finds about Grandfather II s senior and sinister role in the administration of the labour camps but also the story of Grandfather II s own son and his early death And he goes on further than Grandfather II into the very distant edges of Siberia where the most condemned exiles were sent to establish communities in the full expectation that they would likely perish in the process I still had to go to the river and find the exiles island I had to travel the entire trajectory of Grandfather II s fate I felt that there in that book that even he did not know fully was a limit I called it the limit of oblivionThe novel was translated by Antonina W Bouis a new translator for me but one with an impressive resume and the resulting novel reads beautifully in English The sun had filled the lake at the foot of the mountains with light convex like a drop on glass its contour struck me in the eye A mean trick of nature a joke that had waited several million years the lake looked like Lenin s profile which was imprinted on us by medals badges stamps statues paintings and drawings in booksThe lake with its thick almost pastry like icing of sunny light seemed like a monstrous monument monstrous because the natural forms easily and willingly took on the features of something man made and this acceptance without coercion clearly evinced the meaningless memory less existence of nature which we had anthropomorphized much too freuentlySeeing this betrayal of matter betrayal of the men who climbed up to the heaps every day from the barracks looking at the profile of the dead leader in whose name they were forced to labor I rejected the feeling of closeness with these mountains from the line of imagination that had anthropomorphized them A different older feeling arose the possible humanity of nature was just a mockery a devilish joke man can count on no one in nature except himselfHowever this can actually be a weakness of the novel the prose was laid on a little too lyrically thick it wasn t the stout bodied passerines of 1004 perhaps closer to Andrei Makine but at times the novel felt like wading through admittedly very sweet and tasty syrupThe coincidence of the narrator first visiting the labour camps as a geologist and then later discovering Grandfather II s connection with them seemed a little unnecessary particularly at one rather contrived plot point where his life is saved by recognising an assailant as the brother of an escaped convict that he had tried to help some time before although there is some basis for this coincidence in Lebedev s own family history flawed but necessary I prefer the actual winner the Chronicle of the Moving House as well as the shortlisted Ladivine but this was certainly an excellent discovery from the BTBA list

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Предел забвения Free read ✓ 8 Ne worked in tandem with nature to destroy millions of lives during the Soviet century Emerging from today's Russia where the ills of the past are being forcefully erased from public memory this masterful novel represents an epic literary attempt to rescue history from the brink of oblivion. his images running again in my head I couldn t sleep Who was Grandfather II Is he even real And the narrator What part of his story is dreamThis one s deeper than most One must pick up the language along the way lest one be as blind as Grandfather II Who is he Stay stay the abandoned slag heaps of the mine where they tossed the bodies attracted bears for many years he whispered that he had shot people himself with a Nagant rifle he whispered that there are still undiscovered graves near the town he knew where he could show me if I didn t believe him the old man was scared the source of all this impoverishment destitution and privation beckoned the way a struck dog on the side of the road flies in its exposed guts catches your eye it attracted your imagination by the honest openness of ugliness snow blackened by the smokestacks fell on the graves black snow It looked like ashes from an old fire falling from the sky then the stacks belched smoke the color of cinnabar and the snow turned deep red melting on my face spotting the cemetery paths Stay stay until the end If you can stand the haunting images that Lebedev paints inside your head


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    Free read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ð Sergei Lebedev [Предел забвения] EBOOK I want to thank the publisher and the Goodreads Giveaway program for sending me this book in return for an honest review I give this book 35 starsrounded up to 4 out of 5This was a book overwhelmed with imagery Much of the book takes place in dream seuences or in the narrator's mind The premise of the book is the narrator trying to find out about the man he knew as Grandfather II This man was not his actual grandfathe

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    [Предел забвения] EBOOK In One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Máruez tells how in Macondo three thousand workers are machine gunned at the behest of a ruthless banana company Their corpses are thrown into the sea and relatives are told that there haven’t been any dead bodies “You must have been dreaming Nothing has happened in Macondo nothing has ever happenedThis is a happy town” Residents accept the official account and dismiss the testimony of the

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    [Предел забвения] EBOOK Free read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ð Sergei Lebedev I felt obliviated and terrified by the visceral imagery in this examination of the USSR’s murderous past The allegory and the reality smacked me across the face and instilled that terror I feel when I think about why we are here on earth God the absence of God the horror of humanity my insignificance outer spac

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    [Предел забвения] EBOOK Sergei Lebedev's Oblivion was shortlisted for the 2017 Best Translated Book Award and from comments on the Mookse and Gripes forum perhaps the best received among readersI started to read this on a flight from London to Korea an 11

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    [Предел забвения] EBOOK When countries do terrible things to their own people it is easy to find reasons for everyone to pretend it never happened This doesn't change the past it just leaves a rotten area under everything that comes after There are many examples of this throughout history this just happens to be about the work camps in the former Soviet UnionBeautiful language throughout but not an easy read

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    [Предел забвения] EBOOK VERDICT Powerful intense and poetic evocation of Soviet prison camps Reading like a detective story it will haunt the reader and help him escape oblivion Unforgettablemy full review is here

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    Free read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ð Sergei Lebedev [Предел забвения] EBOOK Lots of layers and tangents Almost too poetic in places but the descent into past is documented beautifully I'm fascinated with gulags and the collective amnesia which has struck Russians over this part of their history

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    review Предел забвения Free read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ð Sergei Lebedev Sergei Lebedev ð 8 Free download his images running again in my head I couldn’t sleep Who was Grandfather II ? Is he even real? And the narrator ? What part of his story is dream?This one’s deeper than most One must pick up the language along the way lest one be as blind as Grandfather II Who is he? Stay stay“ the abandoned slag heaps of the mine where they tossed the bodies attracted bears for many years; he whispered that he had shot people himself with

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  • Paperback
  • 300
  • Предел забвения
  • Sergei Lebedev
  • English
  • 13 March 2018
  • 9781939931252