One of the popular opinions about writers says that an eminent writer is necessarily a man of advanced or close years to this, experienced and shrewd, a little out of this world and, of course, highly educated and brilliantly fluent in word and thought.
1. Mikhail Zygar “All the Kremlin army. A brief history of modern Russia "A 35-year-old writer and journalist analyzes what is connected with the “reversal” of the direction of Russia's development in the era of Vladimir Putin's rule from 2000 to 2015.The book is based on documents, open sources and dozens of interviews, which the author personally took from the actors from the inner circle of the president.
A comprehensive picture of the life of the Kremlin is presented to readers - the logic of Vladimir Putin’s metamorphosis becomes clear: how and why from the liberal principles of the early 2000s, oriented at cooperation with the West, he reached authoritarianism and denial of Western values.
2. Dmitry Glukhovsky. "Metro 2035"This book was waiting patiently for almost ten years - and for good reason. The long-awaited completion of the story of Dmitry Glukhovsky about those who escaped from the apocalypse in the Moscow metro exceeded all expectations. The last volume about the adventures of a young man named Artem, one of the survivors and those who have adapted to existence deep underground, unlike the first two parts, is absolutely apocalyptic and imbued with despair.
People can settle in and get used to any conditions of life, but wherever they turn out, they will certainly start a struggle among themselves - for power, money, influence - not for life, but for death.The main thing for the heroes of the book is its warm swamp: let it smell bad and dark, but familiar and almost comfortable. Those who do not like such existence become outcasts. They, the freedom-loving and restless, ultimately have no choice: they must either go nowhere in search of this freedom, or remain and become part of the gray mass, which is equivalent to death for them.
3. Guzel Yakhin. “Zuleikha opens his eyes”The novel of the 39-year-old writer was awarded the “Big Book” award - and quite rightly. The story of an absolutely dense peasant woman from the Tatar village is told so impartially that this outward simplicity literally turns the world of the reader. The world of Zuleikha was always limited to the nearest forest, and a trip to Kazan was a distant dream for her. Understanding nothing in the events taking place in the country, she became their unwitting victim: it was driven by collectivization and dispossession of kulaks, deported to Siberia and the construction of labor settlements.
She survived solely through an incredibly durable and flexible inner core, which is based on loyalty, faith and simple human decency.Not just survived — she found love and didn’t let her beloved die, raised her son, found herself. This book is about the power of a real woman, the power of all-encompassing love and trust in the world.
4. Victor Semenov. "Return to Malpaso"The new book of the young Petersburg writer Viktor Semenov covers a considerable period of time, showing the external and internal evolution of the main characters. First, we meet with Yuri, when he, a twelve-year-old boy from a wealthy Moscow family, is preparing to travel with his father for a vacation to Karelia. Transit through St. Petersburg changes its whole future life: it turns out, the path from Moscow to Ladoga railway stations can be fatal.
In the second part, Yury Yuryevich is already returning to Petersburg to complete the business project begun by his father. But it’s hard for a Muscovite to do business in St. Petersburg, he always finds himself in seemingly hopeless situations, but he passes them with honor, never changing himself. All the vicissitudes of the Yurina project are painted so gayly and clearly that the book can be considered a desktop tool and a collection of life hacks for those who decide to start a business on the banks of the Neva.
5. Elizaveta Aleksandrova-Zorina "Three sevens"This thirty-two-year-old writer would be Gogol's favorite student. She, like anyone else, is able to describe those about whom there is nothing to say. The heroes of the stories of Alexandrov-Zorina are "little people." They are nothing remarkable: they live, like everyone else, crushed to the ground by heavy plates of obligations and debts, they have no joys and aspirations. Their life is continuous running in a circle, movements are brought to automatism, and emotions and feelings, it would seem, have long been atrophied as superfluous.
For such people, any bright event can be fatal. It doesn’t matter what it is connected with: a man is lost in the forest or has witnessed a murder — immediately the actual criminal-victim dilemma becomes. “Little people” are victims of circumstances, and defeating them, they feel like criminals.