The Light and the Dark
Picture two people, young and in love. Picture them being separated from one another. Picture them keeping their love alive through letters. So far, so simple. Now imagine they've not just been separated geographically, but also historically. Imagine that their love and letters now defy time and place, life and death. By now you realize that this novel is unique. And, when you learn how it has made Russian literary-prize history, and has to-date been sold in twenty-two languages, you begin to sense just how unique...
Winner of Premiya "Bolshaya Kniga" (Russian "Big Book" Prize) 2011.
'Wonderfully lucid and concise ... Reaches over the heads of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky to the tradition of Pushkin' TLS.
Born in 1961 in Moscow, Mikhail Shishkin is one of the most prominent names in contemporary Russian literature, and is the only author to have won all three major Russian Literary Prizes. He lives in Zurich.