Author(s): Vadim Levental
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Part philosophical treatise, part coming-of-age drama, this psychologically compelling novel follows Masha Regina as she establishes a career for herself in St. Petersburg one of the great European auteurs. Taking inspiration from her erotic encounters, as well as the city's streets and people - its poets and its artists - she courageously asserts her independence and challenges those around her as she searches for an authentic, artistic life in twenty-first century Russia. Irreverent, brilliant and completely original, Masha Regina questions, frustrates and entertains in equal measure. Shortlisted for Russia's Big Book Prize, and longlisted for Russia's Booker Prize and the New Literature Award, this revelatory novel marks the arrival of a remarkable new voice in international literature.
Vadim Levental was born in St Petersburg and studied Russian literature at St Petersburg State University. He is a literary critic, book editor and political commentator. Masha Regina is his first novel. He lives in St. Petersburg, Russia. Lisa C. Hayden translates literature from Russian to English. Her highly regarded blog on Russian literature, Lizok's Bookshelf, is followed by critics, writers, translators, academics, agents and publishers. She lives in Maine, USA.