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By Maryna Dyachenko, Serhiy Dyachenko, Julia Meitov Hersey

Translated from Russian by way of Julia Meitov Hersey

The phrases VITA NOSTRA, or “our life,” come from an outdated Latin scholar anthem Gaudeamus : “Vita nostra brevis est, Brevi finietur” or “Our lifestyles is short, it's going to presently finish ..."

The heroine of the radical has been compelled right into a doubtless unimaginable state of affairs. opposed to her will, she needs to input the Institute of detailed applied sciences. A slightest misstep or failure at school—and the students’ family pay a value. ruled by means of worry and coercion, Sasha will examine the that means of the word "In the start used to be the be aware ..."

VITA NOSTRA is an exciting trip into the inner most mysteries of lifestyles, a dizzying experience, a gap right into a international that not anyone has ever defined, an international that frightens and draws the readers of the unconventional.

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

VITA NOSTRA loved a substantial serious acclaim in Russia. It has acquired 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 a number of languages.

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

“The Dyachenkos are rather probably some of the best sleek Russian-language fiction writers operating within the style of the allegorical novel. The emotional lavishness in their prose reaches past obstacles. The measure of self-identification with the nature that they require in their reader should be in comparison basically with the all-encompassing feeling of love.”
—The Viva magazine

“They create an miraculous international, occasionally chilling and scary, occasionally shockingly attractive and peculiar. the combo of 2 enormously assorted people—different in age, temperament, and former occupations (Marina used to be an actress, Sergey—a psychiatrist) provides us an opportunity to the touch the truth of miracles.”
—The Peter e-book magazine

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

“One factor is clear—Marina and Sergey Dyachenko are avidly learn via either the intellectuals and people who by no means learn. within the period of competitive militant immorality, Marina and Sergey dared to put their cash at the global created through them, the area that's essentially moral. it's a global during 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 by means of the Dyachenkos...”
—The New international magazine

“VITA NOSTRA is a fable, yet a fable so actual that, having grew to become its final web page, i presumed that Marina and Sergey Dyachenko in some way understand every little thing that occurred to me through the first yr of my grownup existence. i'm so thankful to them for giving me one other probability to relive these reports; with all of the technique of cinematography at my disposal, i'm going to do my most sensible to show the magic of these times.”
—Timur Bekmambetov, movie director, manufacturer

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Oksana became off the teakettle. She became to him, wiping her palms on an already rainy dish towel: “Is it tricky? ” Victor vulnerable his head: “I bet you could placed it that way.... tough. After this examination we're relocating to a different situation. Whoever passes it, evidently. ” “It should be more straightforward on the different location,” Sasha prompt with out a trace of conviction. not one of the first years had any clue approximately the place the “other situation” really used to be, and what precisely it entailed. a few humans acknowledged it was once a really complicated institute, outfitted with super refined know-how, with a dormitory lately renovated in keeping with the modern eu criteria, with a working laptop or computer on every one table. Others acknowledged where was once hidden underground, in deep catacombs. It used to be additionally acknowledged that the opposite situation was once in one other urban. a few students—Sasha heard it herself—believed that the opposite position occurred to be on one other planet. as soon as Sasha advised to Kostya that the “other situation” for the upperclassmen used to be a mysterious quarter past the grave that nobody understands something approximately, simply because not anyone ever returns from that position. Kostya had a wierd response to her funny story: he went faded and requested her to not make this sort of a comic story ever back. “It could be easier,” Victor agreed melancholically. “What am i able to say, ladies. i actually intended to be a service provider marine…” Sasha plopped a teabag into an teeth mug and poured steaming boiling water over it. “Sugar? ” “Two teaspoons. No, 3. ” Sasha put the mug at the fringe of the desk. Victor picked it up with either hands—awkwardly end result of the leather-based gloves—and poured the boiling tea into his mouth, like water. Sasha stopped respiring. Victor placed his empty cup at the desk, smiled and licked his lips. “Thanks. ” “Isn’t it too scorching? ” Sasha requested softly. He shook his head. “Nah… good, women, I may still move research. thank you, keep in mind me kindly. ” He left the kitchen. *** Sasha stepped into her room, a textbook caught below her arm. The room was once dimly lit via a table lamp and some burning cigarette ends. Faces have been demanding to tell apart within the thick smoky air. Lisa sat at the table subsequent to a stereo approach, and approximately ten humans, first and moment years, perched at any place they can discover a position. humans sat on Sasha’s bed—a good lady whom Sasha had obvious round was once making out along with her boyfriend. Her identify was once Irina; his, Slava. “Lights out,” Sasha acknowledged. “Eleven o’clock. all people out. ” nobody heard or listened to her. She approached the table and threw the stereo method onto the ground. the head broke off. A tape fell out. dialog died. “Are you nuts, Samokhina? ” Olga from room 32 requested in whole silence. Sasha switched at the gentle. every body squinted; Sasha’s eyes have been extensive open, even a little bulging. quite a few mins in the past, followed by way of laughter and voices, she comprehensive workout quantity twenty-five. although Portnov simply gave her numbers 13 via seventeen. It simply so occurred that when she accomplished quantity seventeen, Sasha learn the following one, out of curiosity—and understood completely not anything.

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