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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (143 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrei Gelasimov Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Masterfully translated from its original Russian by award-winning translator Marian Schwartz, Thirst tells the story of 20-year-old Chechen war veteran, Kostya. Maimed beyond recognition by a tank explosion, Kostya spends weeks on end locked inside his apartment, his sole companion the vodka bottles spilling from the refrigerator. But soon Kostya's comfortable, if dysfunctional, cocoon is torn open when he receives a visit from his army buddies who are mobilized to locate a missing comrade. It is through this search for his missing friend that Kostya is able to find himself.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ann | 2/17/2014

    " I enjoyed this quick read. It was like a conversation. Many social implications were highlighted in the conversation but nothing too heavy. The characters felt very real, normal but not typical. Russia seems very similar to the US in this story. I feel the writer has a special talent for telling a story about everyday life in a way that makes you want to keep reading along and beside the characters, yet never diving extremely deep into any character. Living in a time of war with soldiers returning wounded physically and mentally also added to the relevance of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lyddie | 2/13/2014

    " Really surprising. I loved this novel. What a fresh set of characters! They're a little gruff at first, but they really grow on you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Will | 2/4/2014

    " Read the English translation for a Russian Translation course and compared it to the Russian original. I really like this book, it's simple and unpretentious, but with a vivid language and a great sense of empathy for Kostya, Konstantin, the main character, a veteran of the (presumably second) Chechen War, as he wanders around the Moscow region with a friend, running into his estranged dad and drinking his weight in vodka along the way. Well-translated by Marian Schwartz (duh) though there are some missing examples of course and racist language (towards Chechens, spoken by Russian soldiers in the text) that are in the original lacking in the English edition. Curious how that works... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steve Scott | 1/27/2014

    " Gelasimov's writing is top shelf - loved it. It was like reading DeLillo - with truckloads of grit. "

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