The Aviator -- Eugene Vodolazkin

Staff Pick

Frozen cryogenically at the time of Stalin's purges and awakened in 1999 to the ministrations of a German psychiatrist in a Saint Petersburg hospital, Innokenty Platonov soars across the 20th century as something of a Russian "Forrest Gump." Which is to say that The Aviator is a tongue-in-cheek historical romp and sadder than anything, a devastatingly poignant reflection on the individual and his time.  A career medievalist at Petersburg's esteemed Pushkin House, Vodolazkin is also the author of Laurus (winner of the 2013 Russian Big Book Award)another historically complex, transcendentally fine piece of fiction, also brightly translated by Liza Hayden.  


The Aviator: From the award-winning author of Laurus By Eugene Vodolazkin, Lisa C. Hayden (Translated by) Cover Image
By Eugene Vodolazkin, Lisa C. Hayden (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781786074843
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Published: Oneworld Publications - May 14th, 2019

The Year of Our Lord 1943 -- Alan Jacobs

Staff Pick

Unusual in structure, ambitious in depth and breadth alike, this five person literary biography (Auden, Eliot, C.S. Lewis, Simone Weil, Jacques Maritain) showcases Jacobs’ scholarly brilliance. But it also presents the urgent, probing zeitgeist among Allied country’s Christian writers, poets, and public intellectuals as WWII begins to turn in their nations’ favor. Their engagement with the war’s  — and in particular, it’s new technologies’ —  lasting effects on hearts and minds, on education and the humanist tradition, in one crucible year, deserves contemplation today. 

The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis By Alan Jacobs Cover Image
ISBN: 9780190864651
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - August 2nd, 2018

The Art of Loading Brush -- Wendell Berry

Staff Pick

Berry is a master of the poem, of the short story, and of the novel, but it is as an essayist that his prerogatives and perspectives are most full throated. His big heartedness, his far-groping head, and his wizened hands work in tandem to bring the social sciences (all of them!) and the policies of the polis to bear on matters of the heart in this collection of the prolific octogenarian’s essays.

The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings By Wendell Berry Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640091580
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Published: Counterpoint - January 22nd, 2019