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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: February 2012 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Steve Scott | 1/27/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen McFall | 1/20/2014

    " Thirst is a fine book. It's a sharp and compassionate slice of Russian life and contemporary history told through the lens of a small group of well-drawn and deeply sympathetic characters - buddies from the horrific battlefields in Chechnya now meandering through the streets, alleys, train stations and watering holes of Moscow in search of an emotionally fallen comrade. Eschewing didactic moralizing or melodramatic description, the author builds his "hero's journey" narrative slowly - word upon sentence upon scene - fully in control, integrating and revealing the full picture at the very end. I came away more knowledgeable about the heart, the soul, the pain of soldiers everywhere, and was reminded of the power of simple unanticipated human acts - kindness, weakness, rage, vanity - to change lives, if only for a moment or two, and how these attributes link us all, whether Russian or other. I appreciated reading a book that moved me with its creative use of language and narrative structure. My time was well spent. I look forward to reading more from this author. But first, I'm going to down a few shots of chilled vodka to quell my own thirst. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 1/19/2014

    " This is written (and well translated) in a spare style that perfectly suits the subject matter, the main character who tells the story, and the environment in which he lives. The "thirst" is for vodka, vast quantities of which are consumed as the pages are turned. The protagonist is a veteran of the war in Chechnya, reunited with his former comrades in arms, with whom he shared a traumatic experience. I don't want to give the story away, but suffice it to say that although it may seem grim and tough on the outside, it has a little soft center. It is about childhood, trauma, identity, and waiting, as time passes and erodes feelings. Recommended! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 1/18/2014

    " I'd really give this 2.5 stars. I was finally getting into this -- and then it ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trevor | 1/18/2014

    " Interesting read about a drunken, gifted, and scarred war veteran involved in the search of a lost comrade. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 1/11/2014

    " Gelasimov is able to accomplish so much with so little. The sparse language of this novella manages to weave both despair and hope in conveying the sometimes tortured, sometimes transcendent, always introspective portrait of Kostya, disfigured Russian army veteran of the Chechen front. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carter Wood | 1/10/2014

    " Thirst is a truly moving tale. The comparison to Slinger in the authors bio is quite apt. Highly recommend for a quick, interesting read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 12/10/2013

    " Good book. Difficult to read at first with the grammar but you get used to it. I wanted a longer story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/8/2013

    " Kindle daily deal. I will read more of his stuff when it is translated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Edman | 11/27/2013

    " I am finally ready to tell you that this is an amazing book. I think you should read it, but I just don't want to talk about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 8/3/2013

    " A story about a Russian soldier badly burned during the war between Russia and Afghanistan. It was translated from Russian so this translation seemed a bit stilted. Still very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 7/5/2013

    " Compelling... witty... tragic.. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Hanson | 5/23/2013

    " This short novel about a disfigured soldier from the Chechen War, living in Moscow and trying to integrate back himself back into life is both horrific and hopeful. Gelasimov's prose is terse, but every word has weight and each scene is vivid. Look forward to reading more by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 2/3/2013

    " Probably not for eveyrone, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although it is the story of a Chechnyian war veteran, the themes are certainly universal. A very quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devin | 11/17/2012

    " All I knew about this book going into it was that it featured a fridge full of vodka. That was enough for me. What I got was a quirky, efficiently written story of redemption and facing down one's demons told with a narrative voice oozing with credibility. This one is worth a look. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Seidlinger | 8/1/2012

    " For whenever our wounds are too much to bear, there's always the vodka, the alcohol, to help us through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 4/30/2012

    " Interesting short story about some former Soviet soldiers and what they deal with in the aftermath of war. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Connie | 3/28/2012

    " I expected more about the war & the adjustment he made after being injured. Way more focused on the relationship with his father & family than I expected. "

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