Monday, 9 December 2013

"Return to Punjrud" by Andrei Volos wins Russian Booker


The novel is set in the 15th century. The main character lives four different lives: a doctor, a God’s fool, a pilgrim in Jerusalem and, finally, a hermit.
"Return to Punjrud" is about the famous Persian poet Abu Abdollah Jafar ibn Mohammad Rudaki (858-941). Towards the end of his life, he, a blind old man, sets out on a long way to Bukhara, accompanied by a sighted boy. As they walk on, it becomes clear that it’s the poet that guides the boy, revealing the secrets of life to him.
The other short-list nominees are "Lavr" by Yevgeny Vodolazkin, "Beta-Samets" by Denis Gutsko, "Harbin Moths" by Andrei Ivanov, "Investigator" by Margarita Khemlin, "In the Foothills of a Boundless World" by Vladimir Shapko.
Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_12_04/Return-to-Punjrud-by-Andrei-Volos-wins-Russian-Booker-2292/

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